Monday, December 8, 2008

Separated from the pack by the will to win

Good article about Greg Maddux, who retired today after 23 years in the Major Leagues.

[In 23 seasons, he won 355 games and 18 Gold Gloves, pitched in eight All-Star games, and won four Cy Young Awards.]

According to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Greg's older brother, he knew Greg was a special pitcher when, as a 12-year-old, "he struck out 17 of 18" in a Little League game.

Recalls Mike: "The coach said he was never going to pitch him again. He told him, 'It's no fun when you pitch; nobody else gets a chance.'"

When asked what made Greg special, Mike claims it was more than talent:

"Day in and day out, it was his will to win. That's what separated him from the pack: his will to win. You can't teach that. That's taught by your big brother beating up on you while growing up."