posted on Aug, 1 2004 @ 11:57 AM
Even if Nomar Garciaparra makes his Chicago Cubs debut, he might not get the biggest ovation of the day at Wrigley Field.
That could end up going to Greg Maddux.
The four-time NL Cy Young Award winner will try to join one of the most exclusive clubs in sports, taking his first crack at 300 victories when the
Cubs close out a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Though Roger Clemens joined the 300-win club last season with the New York Yankees, no NL pitcher has done it since Steve Carlton with Philadelphia in
While most of Maddux's wins came with Atlanta, his 105 with Chicago includes the first of his career at Cincinnati on Sept. 7, 1986, when he was a
skinny and unassuming 20-year-old rookie.
His demeanor, style and uniform are the same, but a win this time will make him the 22nd pitcher ever to reach 300 victories. Of the 21 to achieve
that milestone, the last one to do it with the team for which he got his first victory was Walter Johnson with the Washington Senators in 1920.
He may end up being the last pitcher to reach 300 for quite some time. Though former Braves teammate Tom Glavine - next on the active list - is within
striking distance at 259 wins, he's also 38 years old and has totaled just 17 wins over the last season and a half. The only other active pitcher with
more than 210 wins is Randy Johnson, but he's 40.
I hope the Phillies ruin ALL the fun!!!
300 wins is quite an accomplishment. They are different then, say, homerun totals because you can't get more than one a game. And with hr's it's all
up to you but to get a win you have to pitch well but also hope that your offense scores more runs than it gives up. I'm not much of a Maddux fan
since he's been a rival for so long, but he is an awesome pitcher and also an unbelievable fielder. He's not a big guy, he doesn't overpower hitters
like Unit or Schill, but he has good stuff and most important, he's smart.