06/03/07 11:23 AM ET
Welcome to the club, buddy
Maddux shows his appreciation for friend Glavine's career
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Even now, nine years after taping that television commercial for Nike, Greg Maddux still gets a chuckle when he thinks about the commercial he shot with ex-teammate and good friend Tom Glavine -- a spoof of the two bulking up to become power hitters.
"It took a long time to shoot that," Maddux said. "It wasn't like we did that in one day. It was a couple hours in Philly, an hour in Colorado and a couple more hours in Florida. We did that thing in three different places.
"It took like two months to do. I was like, 'We did all that for 30 seconds?' ... It came out great, and I'm glad I did it. You still see it once a year and laugh about it. It was fun to do. That was a good time."
A good time it was.
Maddux still thinks about the 10 seasons he spent pitching in Atlanta alongside Glavine and another good friend, John Smoltz. It was a blissful run that saw the Braves advance to the postseason 10 times, including three World Series appearances and one title in '95.
When he arrived in Atlanta in 1993, Maddux didn't know Glavine other than facing him on several occasions when Maddux, a 300-game winner himself, was with the Cubs. But when he signed with the Braves as a free agent, Maddux said he hit it off immediately with Glavine and Smoltz.
"I didn't really get to know him well until I got there," Maddux said. "He was easy to get along with. All of us had two things in common -- we wanted to win and we wanted to play golf. That made it real easy to get along."
Winning as much as they did probably didn't hurt either.
In the time he played with Maddux, Glavine topped 20 victories three times in 1993 (22), '98 (20) and '00 (21). Maddux, over that same stretch, won 20 games in '93 and 19 games on five other occasions.
It wasn't so much Glavine's ability to win games consistently that impressed Maddux the most, but how he was able to do it.
"He is the best at pitching with a lead, whether it's 1-0 or 5-4," Maddux said. "It doesn't matter if he gave up three or four runs early in a game, if he had a lead in the sixth inning, he always made the big pitch when he had to. He still does."
This goes a long way in showing how Glavine was able to join his buddy Maddux in the 300-win club.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.