I watched a baseball game game this evening on TBS (a true
superstation). The Atlanta Braves played the New York Mets in Atlanta.
The park was filled, even though the game itself was meaningless to both
teams. The Braves have already clinched their division, and the Mets are
building for the next millenium (doesn't that sound familiar to you?).
The park was filled because a skinny ( 6' 150 lb) 29 year old right
handed pitcher with an average major league fastball (those were the
words of your 1991 GM Larry Himes) was on the mound.
That pitcher's name is Greg Maddux, and I would like to know what
possessed you to stiff this guy in the summer of 1992? Perhaps, the
rumours that YOU were responsible for pulling an accepted offer off the
table because the agent didn't get back to your GM on the same day that
the offer was tendered are untrue...
Did you watch this kid with the average major league fastball pitch
between 1987 and 1992? Did you see any improvement? Could you see the
greatness presenting itself? Why do you think that his teammates
nicknamed him "mad dog?" Were you too busy practicing your golf swing to
notice that you *never* allow your 26 year old number one starter,
probable (at the time) CYA winner, and top five pitcher (at that time) in
his league to leave town *regardless* of his asking price? Did you think
that his value would decrease? You are singlehandedly responsible for
costing your franchise *millions* of dollars in lost TV revenues, not to
mention all of the ancillary money you've cost your shareholders in
newspaper advertizing, TV revenue, team value, licencing, and the
prestige of actually being able to *compete* for a WS.
It is no coincidence that Sandberg left the Cubs when he did. He jumped
off of a sinking ship and said "to hell with the money."
Greg Maddux has an ERA of <2.00 in the three seasons since he left the
friendly confines. If you check your little record book (if you don't
have a copy handy, ask your new man McPhail or his GM *** for one of
their copies) Fulton County Stadium is every bit the hitter's park as
Just wondering... in the highly unlikely event that Maddux becomes a free
agent again (do you think that Ted Turner will pull an accepted offer off
of the table, or do you think that he'll hand him a blank check?) will
you tender an offer for his services? Will you take a pay cut? Maybe
throw in some TRIBUNE CO. stock?
A Special Quote for Stanton
"The hours of folly are measured by the clock,
But of wisdom: no clock can measure."
William Blake "Proverbs" 1793