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Greg Maddux, There Are No Words
2008-12-05 14:21
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

It was a pleasure. Congratulations, Greg Maddux, on the first day of the rest of your life, officially starting Monday.

Maddux, 42, closed out his career with the Dodgers. He did not start in the playoffs and made his final appearance in the National League championship series, mopping up for Chad Billingsley in the game in which the Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Dodgers.

Maddux said that day he was not offended to serve as a mop-up man.

"It was a privilege," he said. "I felt privileged to do it. I was glad I had a chance to pitch.

"It stinks that we lost. But there's a lot of good young players here, and they're only going to get better. I think this team has a chance to be good for a while." ...

Comments
2008-12-05 14:30:35
1.   trainwreck
Thanks for the memories, Mad Dog.

Join our staff!!

2008-12-05 14:31:41
2.   Eric Stephen
Let's hope the Dodgers experience a similar renaissance as they did after HOF Hoyt Wilhem retired as a Dodger following the 1972 season.
2008-12-05 14:34:12
3.   Disabled List
Greg Maddux, roving pitching instructor. I like it.

Too bad the Dodgers don't have their AAA affiliate in Las Vegas anymore. I believe Maddux makes his offseason home there.

2008-12-05 14:39:22
4.   underdog
Yeah, now I can officially endorse bring Maddux back as a real coach of some sort. If his bro can be a longtime pitching coach, I think Greg is up to the task, too.

But in all seriousness, congrats to him on a fantastic career and thanks for his time in LA, too.

(PS: The last thread ended Satanically.)

2008-12-05 14:41:01
5.   Jon Weisman
I'm not one to indulge in drug humor, but there is an inherent joke here, right?

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-blount6-2008dec06,0,3111118.story

"HAMILTON, Ohio -- Former Los Angeles Lakers player Corie Blount has been charged with picking up 11 pounds of marijuana in southwest Ohio."

2008-12-05 14:42:29
6.   trainwreck
How are people supposed to live in Ohio without drugs?
2008-12-05 14:44:54
7.   Jon Weisman
Review of last night's 3-D NFL telecast:

http://weblogs.variety.com/on_the_air/2008/12/3-d-nfl-footbal.html

2008-12-05 14:45:53
8.   underdog
5 Too good to be true... truth is often funnier than fiction.
2008-12-05 14:46:08
9.   Icaros
The article I read said Blount had another 11 lbs. at his home for a total of 22 lbs. That's a lot of Yoda.
2008-12-05 14:49:43
10.   Eric Stephen
9
In a related story, we haven't seen Greg Brock here in a while.

In yet another related story, I would like to know where Manny Pacquiao's trainer was during the Blount arrest.

2008-12-05 14:51:15
11.   trainwreck
I wonder how much of that the cops take home for their personal stash.
2008-12-05 14:52:43
12.   Jon Weisman
Notre Dame leads Stanford, 1-0, in the first NCAA women's soccer semifinal/second half:

http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/2008/ncaa_bracket_DI_soccer_women.html

2008-12-05 14:52:45
13.   underdog
Maybe they should do like they did in Biblical times, a public stoning!

Ba da ding! Thank you, I'll be here all week.

2008-12-05 14:53:12
14.   Eric Stephen
11
"We found 15..er, I mean 11 pounds in his car."
2008-12-05 14:57:25
15.   trainwreck
Anthony Peeler and Sedale Threatt must have gotten away.
2008-12-05 14:57:32
16.   Icaros
I knew a guy from a rather famous band who told me that when he hooked up in New Orleans, his point person was a cop.
2008-12-05 14:58:34
17.   oshea2002
FYI - "Inside the Dodger's plans for Manny" - coming up on Sportscenter. Hopefully this will include Steve Phillips as our mock GM.
2008-12-05 14:59:06
18.   Icaros
16

It used to be a challenge for me to tell Threatt, Peeler, and Van Exel apart when they were on the court.

2008-12-05 14:59:40
19.   Icaros
18 meant for 15 .
2008-12-05 15:00:06
20.   oshea2002
15 - they hopped in the getaway car procured by George Lynch.
2008-12-05 15:01:43
21.   Neal Pollack
My favorite ballplayer of my generation. Hard to believe he won't be out there anymore.
2008-12-05 15:02:28
22.   underdog
Speaking of odd celeb crime stories, well, this isn't really apropros of anything, but it sure is incredibly weird, right out of some twisted movie.

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0621407/

I guess he really won't tumble 4 ya.

2008-12-05 15:02:29
23.   cargill06
Greg Maddux, what a class act.
2008-12-05 15:03:50
24.   Xeifrank
I am going to ass-ume Maddux goes in to the HOF as a Dodger. I mean how many teams did he have to stints with?
vr, Xei
2008-12-05 15:09:09
25.   trainwreck
24
Plus we got Rickey Henderson! ; )
2008-12-05 15:10:20
26.   Lexinthedena
Old Friend, Local Boy Cory Blount. Monrovia's own!
2008-12-05 15:11:20
27.   Lexinthedena
I'm really gonna miss the Mad Dog, it's like when James Brown passed away, he hadn't been his old self for a long time, but having him around was very comforting.
2008-12-05 15:12:26
28.   trainwreck
I am watching 1990 USC/UCLA game on ESPN Classic.

UCLA's uniforms look absolutely terrible.

2008-12-05 15:13:43
29.   Eric Stephen
21
For a moment, I forgot this was a Maddux thread, and all I could wonder was how was Corie Blount your favorite player???

I still remember Blount on the Jim Rome show before the 1998 (??) Western Conference Finals, predicting the Lakers would sweep the Jazz. In his defense, he did get the sweep part right. I always blamed him for that series loss.

I don't have it saved anymore, but I sent a scathing email to the NBA after Game 2, believing Van Exel was fouled shooting a three at the end of the game. I actually got a pretty long (and not standard) response from the NBA, explaining how their refs were the best trained, blah blah blah. I just thought it was cool that I got a response.

2008-12-05 15:15:06
30.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-12-05 15:15:06
31.   Eric Stephen
22
I heard the poor victim startled his captor when he asked "Do you really want to hurt me?"
2008-12-05 15:16:14
32.   trainwreck
29
My junior year history teacher made us write letters every month to some organization to critique something.

I could not think of something at first, so I wrote a letter to the Braves about John Rocker.

They sent me back information to purchase tickets.

2008-12-05 15:16:46
33.   DaDoughboy
24.
Speaking of Maddux (Madduxes?)...USC v UCLA 1990 version on ECL right now.
2008-12-05 15:19:09
34.   cargill06
Believe it or not if SD wins it's next two games against TB, and KC, and Denver loses 2 of the next 3 vs. KC, Car and Buf. A divison championship game will be played Dec. 28th at Qualcomm, not likely but still not unrealistic.
2008-12-05 15:20:29
35.   DaDoughboy
And of course Corie Blount has to have his degree in Criminal Justice from UC...that just makes sense.
2008-12-05 15:27:51
36.   das411
Congratulations Maddux on a terrific career, may you be the next nearly-unanimous HoF selection after Rickey this year. I'm glad I got to see you pitch as a Cub and as a Padre...because I [rule 1] hated having you on the Braves!!
2008-12-05 16:16:00
37.   Jim Hitchcock
24 He'll almost certainly go in as a Brave (less like a Cub), but that's okay. What a pleasure it's been to watch him all these years, even when the only Dodger that could hit him was Eric Karros.
2008-12-06 04:40:35
38.   Dodger Dawg
Greg Maddux is a class act. He is an example of everything that's good about baseball. I only wish we had him earlier in his career. Good luck in your retirement Greg.

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