Greg Maddux on Callaway Live

This show is of particular significance in Callaway's two season history because our host Harry Arnett, a lifelong Braves fan, is sitting down with one of his favorite athletes of all time. We are of course talking about 4-Time NL Cy Young award winner, MLB Hall of Famer, and Braves great, Greg Maddux.

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Released on 9/15/2016

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Starring: Greg Maddux

Transcript

00:01
[Man] Hey Harry!
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You excited for the show today?
00:03
Am I excited for the show today?
00:04
You know we got Greg Maddux on today.
00:05
Greatest of all time. Yeah.
00:07
My personal favorite athlete.
00:08
Yeah. And,
00:09
it'll be great to have another pitcher on the show,
00:10
you know, one pitcher to another.
00:12
Why, you used to throw a little ball?
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Did I throw a little ball?
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I was like third division all region
00:17
Come on. In high school.
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Come on. Yeah I had a
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knuckle slurve that used to get all the guys out.
00:21
Where's the knuckle?
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Oh it's right there.
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Here let me show you. Let's see it.
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I'll show you.
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(yelling)
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Ooh, there was some movement on that ball.
00:29
Is he gonna be OK? Don't you have a show to do?
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Oh!
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Live show, no script?
00:33
What could possibly go wrong?
00:38
(upbeat dance music)
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(applauding)
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All right! Hey!
00:52
How are ya, hey! Amanda's back!
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Good to see you, hey everyone!
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Good to see you!
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All right hey!
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It's AJ on the front row, gotta love that!
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Polite applause.
01:03
Thanks for being here everybody!
01:05
I'm Harry Arnett, this is Callaway Live, of course,
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and you know, this is the most anticipated show of all time
01:14
according to me.
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(laughing)
01:17
Tonight, why are you laughing Amanda?
01:19
Tonight on the show, you know, this is a very special
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Callaway Live.
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Tonight on the show, we get to have,
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my all time favorite athlete is right here on the show.
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And as you guys know, this show only exists to satisfy
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my crazy fantasies.
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(laughing)
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You're all a part of that, congratulations.
01:40
Amanda you're part of that.
01:43
It gets weird so fast with you.
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Yes, thanks for being here Amanda and
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being a part of my fantasies.
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(laughing)
01:53
Sounded weird.
01:56
Greg Maddux is in my fantasies, not you.
01:58
That's even weirder, but,
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greatest pitcher of all time.
02:02
And a lot of people around the office were like,
02:04
I can't believe you have this Greg Maddux obsession,
02:06
I'm like, it's not an obsession, I just admire him,
02:09
I grew up in Atlanta, massive Braves fan,
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watched him in really the heart of his career.
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I loved the way that he conducted business,
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and we're gonna have him on the show, so...
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I just feel like it actually is an obsession.
02:21
I'm gonna object to that statement.
02:23
It's not an obsession, no.
02:25
It is not. It's not, like,
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what about what you did with your dog Doug?
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What?
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What's the, that's not that big a deal.
02:33
(laughing)
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He had a little, I don't see what the,
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I don't see what the problem is with that.
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[Amanda] You shaved 31 in him, you don't think
02:40
that's a bit obsessive?
02:41
[Harry] Pure coincidence to remind me to give him
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31 pats or something like that.
02:46
[Amanda] OK, well what about your car?
02:48
[Harry] What about my car Amanda?
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(stammering) I mean, again, I could see how
02:52
you would take that out of context but yeah,
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so I'm a fan.
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[Amanda] So what do those Ks mean then if it's not?
02:59
[Harry] Those are all of the times that
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I called and left drunk messages on Greg's voicemail.
03:04
Great, not obsessive at all! Not weird.
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[Amanda] You know where I think there's no way
03:08
you could argue with me?
03:09
Yeah. Is your kids.
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What, Gregga and Madduxia? Greggia?
03:13
What's so weird about that? Madduxia?
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No coincidence?
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[Harry] I just feel like that's a coincidence
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that you're bringing out of context here.
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[Amanda] OK well then this one, I feel like
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you can't fight with, what about your house?
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The thing that ya' live in?
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[Harry] Do you know how hard it was to find
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a street called Maddux Street and then buy the
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address 31? But no obsession!
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Totally healthy. Absolutely not,
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and I'm gonna prove it to you
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when Greg comes out here, there will be absolutely
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no weirdness from me when he comes out here.
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Weird thing, he actually just ran out the back door.
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We're gonna get to it then He thought.
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Amanda stay right there, we'll be right back
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with Greg Maddux.
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(applauding)
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(upbeat dance music)
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04:31
(upbeat dance music)
04:37
All right!
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Welcome back to Callaway Live!
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(applauding)
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I'm Harry Arnett!
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Our guest tonight!
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Bears no introduction, he does not need one!
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However, 355 wins, he's a member of the
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Baseball Hall of Fame,
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18 Gold Gloves,
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17 straight years of winning
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15 games or more in Major League Baseball,
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and most importantly, World Series Winner
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in 1995 for the Atlanta Braves.
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Please welcome to Callaway Live,
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Greg Maddux.
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(applauding)
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(yelling)
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It's Greg Maddux!
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Hey, how are ya'?
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That was weird.
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Have a seat! Greg Maddux!
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Love that!
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Greg, unfortunately you're gonna have to do
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most of the talking 'cause I'm just gonna
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sit here and stare at you for the next 15 minutes
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if that's cool here. He already gave you
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that look, he's very freaked out right now.
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I know, my wife is too, she's in the audience.
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And when she found out you were on the show she's like,
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are you gonna be able to handle this?
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And I said, absolutely! So here you are.
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And you know what I was realizing?
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It's been eight years since you last played
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in Major League Baseball, if you were a golfer
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you'd still be playing.
05:52
Well, yeah.
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(laughing)
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Does it seem that long has gone by since your last
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Yeah time flies, it really does.
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Retirement's great.
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Whoever says they don't like retirement
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they're not doing it right.
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Yeah it's been,
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it's been great.
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I've actually stayed in the game a little bit.
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I've part timed helped out the coaches a little bit
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with the Cubs, Rangers and Dodgers now and,
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I still get my baseball fix, but I love being retired.
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And how much golf are you playing these days?
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A lot. Yeah?
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I really do, I play a lot.
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I think I just looked there and I think I played
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over 100 rounds already Already this year?
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Yeah. You're on your way to 130.
06:28
That's slightly less than #Chad plays with us Amanda.
06:31
It is. I know.
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You're correct. Which is great.
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So when did this golf obsession hit you?
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Because from my perspective, your life began
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when you joined the Atlanta Braves, so,
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(laughing)
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was it before you signed with the Braves?
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Big golf culture with the Braves.
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Absolutely, you know I played a little bit
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with my dad and brother.
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But when I went to Atlanta it was kinda mandatory
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that you play golf, I mean that was like
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one of the first things, they had to check you out,
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hey do you golf?
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'Cause you know, Smoltzie, Glav, Bobby Cox,
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John Schuerholz, everybody, the whole organization
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played, trainers played, so, you had to pass
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the golf test first before you were really accepted
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in that clubhouse.
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And it was pretty unique, I think that
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it was such a big part 'cause I know
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a lot of other clubs don't really like people
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playing golf during the season.
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Yeah that's true.
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Especially the hitters, they think
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it'll mess up their swing, so.
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You liked it then, you're probably
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sending all the hitters golf clubs.
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Yeah, get 'em a tee time wherever they can get one.
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But yeah, we played.
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I mean it's kinda what we did on the road.
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You know, you're on the road half the year,
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and there is a lotta downtime.
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Lot better to be on a golf course than
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out in the city late at night getting in trouble.
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(Laughing) So yo packed your clubs
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on all the road trips, take 'em right there with you?
07:47
Absolutely.
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All the position players were like
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you guys playing golf. Yeah.
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They snuck out with us every now and then too,
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but we had to keep it quiet when they snuck out.
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And did you guys, the three of you,
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you and Maddux and Smoltz obviously,
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three Hall of Famers,
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you guys sort of formed kind of a nucleus
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of that golf group every week didn't you?
08:08
Yeah absolutely.
08:10
Smoltzie was coordinator.
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Smoltzie set it all up, had the tee times, the rental cars,
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member if we had to play with a member and,
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he had everything coordinated and,
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whoever was pitching that night missed out.
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And the other guys went.
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Yeah, was there any place that they went
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on a day that you pitched where you were like
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you guys, you couldn't'a waited a day or two?
08:32
They got me once, we had a off day in San Francisco
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and they went to Pebble and Cyprus,
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and played down there, and yeah it hurts.
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That one kinda hurt hanging out in the hotel room
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all day doing nothing.
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Would you guys talk about pitching
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when you're on the golf course at all?
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Occasionally, occasionally.
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But usually we talked about golf when we were in the dugout.
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It was kinda the other way around.
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But we would,
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we would go over situations and hitters and, you know?
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Share our complaints with one another.
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But yeah, we had a good time.
09:06
Do you play golf the same way you pitch?
09:08
You were obviously one of the most precise
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pitchers with the best command probably in a generation.
09:14
Do you play golf that way? Well,
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no unfortunately, I'm not really sure where it's going
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half the time but, yeah.
09:20
When you pitch you're aiming for this corner
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or that corner or up here or down here.
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And in golf you're kinda just aiming that way.
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You know what I mean? Airborne and forward?
09:29
Yeah.
09:30
Hit it in the air that way an,
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if you find it it's a good shot.
09:33
When did you learn as a pitcher
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to really, what you just described, is hitting
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very precise locations
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to a batter during the game?
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Well, I think you started learning it
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right when you come up, as soon
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as you get to the Big Leagues.
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You know I think the videos available and
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the scouting reports are more detailed but,
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you know there's always a certain,
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I believe you can throw a strike any time,
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any count to any hitter, you just have to figure out
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which one to throw.
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So I think that's kinda where that started is
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the goal was to throw a strike every time.
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And if they happen to hit it, it stayed in front
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of the outfield, that was fine.
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So,
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that's when you started looking, you know?
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Up, down, hard, soft, in, out, and just kinda went off that.
10:22
I always felt like
10:24
the magic that you brought to the table was even before
10:28
they talked about sabermetrics and really
10:30
slicing and dicing the game statistically,
10:33
I always felt like you had an intuition
10:35
for exactly how to get through a lineup with
10:37
not just the fastest way possible,
10:39
but with the fewest amount of pitches also.
10:41
Well yeah, thank you.
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(laughing)
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You know, luckily,
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I didn't throw, say, as hard as Smoltzie.
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So I didn't get many foul balls.
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You know when guys swung off me
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they usually put it in play so,
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you had to rely on keeping it in front of the outfield.
11:01
You know I think we can watch any game tonight and
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whatever pitcher keeps the ball in front of the outfield
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the best is gonna win, you know?
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No matter what ball park they're playing the game in.
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I told you this before we went on.
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I think from a 10 year period from like '93 to 2003,
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I think I watched every single one of your starts
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which was great because every one of the starts was like
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two hours and 10 minutes.
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So now games are going three and a half, four hours,
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you had some games I think I remember one game,
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74 pitch, complete game. Yeah, that was a fluke.
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But yeah.
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(laughing)
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Pitching to contact, barely worked up a sweat.
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Did it ever bother you when you were a player how
11:40
people used to talk about you being
11:42
the professor and how precise, et cetera.
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It was kinda corny. Yeah.
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You know, I mean (laughing)
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you're out there throwing just as hard as everybody else.
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But,
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I took it as a compliment.
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But yeah, I mean, it was nice.
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Yeah, do you still think about the game at all?
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Like any games in particular in your career that pop up
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when you're having a glass of something late at night?
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You know what, not really, not really.
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Occasionally
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you might see highlights of a game,
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and you kinda enjoy watching that, but,
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you know, now I'm more of a coach than a player so
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I think about, I try to use my experiences
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to help the players out now.
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And I look at it that way, I'll reflect back that way
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before I say something to one of the players.
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Now you're a coach, you're coaching your son
12:36
at UNLV this year.
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Do they look at you as Hall of Famer,
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or are you like, oh, your son's old dude
12:42
that's walking around in the dugout?
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Who knows.
12:44
(laughing)
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We start next week.
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So I still need to meet those players.
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But like this year, doing a little stuff with the Dodgers,
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and spending time in their farm system a little bit,
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you really have to be careful what you say.
13:00
I just try to be honest and not lie to anybody
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and just tell the truth.
13:04
I heard an interview with Smoltz,
13:05
on Dan Patrick's show not that long ago and he was saying,
13:08
yeah, when Greg would try to help me
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he would say stuff that I didn't even know
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what he was talking about.
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So, (laughing) do you find that to be the case
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when you pitch at such a high level
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trying to teach someone how to do something?
13:19
You know what?
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At times, yes.
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But it's always nice when you hear two or three years
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down the road they go, that's what you were talking about.
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And I think for me that's just as rewarding
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as getting a win 10 years ago.
13:32
Does that happen in golf where you get a lesson
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and you don't really, it doesn't click till.
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Well, yeah, I'm still waiting for my lessons
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to click in on that one, but,
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yeah, golf's so much harder than baseball.
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I mean,
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baseball, you can stand up there and you throw it
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as hard as you can and, every pitch is a sprint.
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And you know golf, you know?
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You gotta slow it down and have soft hands.
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You gotta think a little bit more.
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There's a lot more time between shots
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for stuff to creep in there that shouldn't be in there.
14:03
But yeah, but I love it, it's a great game.
14:05
Is it harder to get out of your head in golf
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than it was in baseball, like a bad shot from going
14:08
Yeah. Shot to shot.
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Golf's fun, baseball, that's how I made my livelihood.
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But golf it's pretty easy to snap when it'll be
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and just throw down another one and go on.
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Well a couple things we do here,
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everybody knows this.
14:23
Number one we feel we make the best
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golf equipment in the United States,
14:26
I'll hold for applause.
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(cheering and applauding)
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Thank you very much.
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And people say, are you guys in the golf equipment business?
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And we're like, we are, but we're also in the
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dream granting business.
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And so today, Amanda, we knew coming in,
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we were like, well what can we do for Greg?
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Clearly we can help him a little with his golf game.
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But is there anything else that maybe we can do for Greg
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while he's here? Yeah,
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I don't know if this is really a dream that Greg ever knew
14:49
he had, but maybe you realize this is something you needed
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because going up against maybe the worst lineup
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we could ever put you up against.
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You've had such a successful career,
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but we decided you've never faced
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people like you faced today, check it out.
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[Tim] Hi again everyone.
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And welcome to Harry Arnett field on the campus
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of Callaway Park this is Tim Brando
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with some history in the making today.
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Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux trying to accomplish
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something he never could in his many years
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in Major League Baseball, a no hitter.
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He struck it out.
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And another strike out for Maddux.
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The pitch, swung out, and missed, strike three!
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The crowd is on their feet in Carlsbad,
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here at Callaway Park.
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Strike three called!
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Two and two the count.
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He rocks and fires, he struck her out.
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Changing speeds, and that cut fast ball
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has just been outstanding today at Callaway Park.
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Just one out left.
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Here's the pitch, he got it!
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And a no, no, a no hitter for Greg Maddux!
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Incredible!
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(applauding)
16:02
Like I said, I'm not sure Greg knew he needed that,
16:05
but I'm really happy we could provide that for you.
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And for a guy that is pretty analytical,
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not overly emotional, do you think maybe
16:12
you have a couple tips for our guys?
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Because I think we were a little overly emotional?
16:16
Yeah a little uptight there.
16:17
Tone it down a little bit, right?
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They're fired up.
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(laughing)
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You like seeing batters dig in
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and super aggressive, don't you?
16:23
I like seeing 'em miss, yeah.
16:25
(laughing)
16:26
That pitch to contact's overrated.
16:28
When they swing and miss that's really good.
16:30
What was the one thing, if you could pass it on to
16:34
young players today, pitchers, that you would try to
16:37
have them accept that maybe they don't
16:40
necessarily think is true?
16:43
Well, that's a tough one.
16:45
'Cause it really depends on the player.
16:46
But I think, really the guys especially in the minor leagues
16:50
is try to get the most outta your ability, you know?
16:55
There's a very small window that you're gonna have
16:58
to play this game.
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And,
17:01
you're gonna have about a four or five year period
17:04
where you're gonna have to make enough money
17:05
to live the rest of your life on.
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So,
17:08
it's important that any time you step on that
17:12
baseball field that you make an honest effort to get better.
17:15
That's a very,
17:18
poignant moment, or a point to make to guys
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on how do you transition from being just a
17:24
high school or college player to being a professional?
17:27
It's a big leap isn't it?
17:29
Absolutely.
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The whole thing is,
17:33
again,
17:33
if you make an honest effort to get better, then
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chances are good things are gonna happen for you.
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[Harry] Is that translating to your golf game?
17:43
Nope.
17:44
(laughing)
17:46
No, I have fun though.
17:48
I enjoy playing golf and,
17:52
I hit a couple shots every day that
17:55
make it worth getting out of bed for.
17:56
Does it satisfy the competitive juices at all?
18:00
Was that a big transition from retirement
18:02
to not having that thing that really played into your
18:05
No, I was ready. You were?
18:07
You know how you always wanna play one or two more years?
18:09
I did that like three times.
18:10
(laughing)
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So,
18:13
I was definitely ready to shut it down
18:16
when the time came and I look back and very fortunate
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to have the career I had and,
18:25
all the friendships along the way, I mean
18:27
still to be able to
18:29
talk to Smoltzie or Glav on the phone right now
18:31
is pretty cool.
18:32
Yeah, do you talk to those guys a lot?
18:33
Occasionally, yeah. Yeah.
18:35
Yeah, Glav's got something going on right now
18:37
where he's got a charity thing and Smoltzie's
18:42
always looking for a tee time somewhere.
18:44
He bounces around the country now.
18:47
But it's really good to hear from those guys.
18:49
Are there any of the statistics that you look at
18:52
from your career that make you say,
18:55
that's pretty incredible that I was able to do that?
18:57
Yeah, easily the World Series ring, you know?
19:00
I think,
19:03
there might be a little criticism, hey you only won one.
19:05
But you know what, I got one.
19:07
And it's pretty special. I'm a Braves fan,
19:09
so I wish you hadn't'a brought that up.
19:11
(laughing)
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It was interesting because, this is a side,
19:16
maybe I'm projecting my own, that team, that '95 team,
19:20
when I look at the long
19:22
history of the franchise, that really wasn't
19:24
the best team on paper that ended up winning it.
19:27
No, it wasn't.
19:29
We had plenty of,
19:30
you know it's,
19:32
you know I mean, you get in the post season you've got
19:35
four, eight teams now that are actually really good
19:38
and it's no different than a golf event.
19:41
Anybody can win it.
19:42
There's 30 guys that are gonna be
19:44
good enough to win this week on tour.
19:46
And when the playoffs start next month in baseball,
19:51
Cubs got the best record in the world right now,
19:53
but any one of those eight teams can catch fire
19:55
for a month and win it.
19:58
Well, I'll leave you with this, this is my
20:00
favorite Greg Maddux story.
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He doesn't even know that I have this story but,
20:05
what are you laughing at?
20:06
This is not gonna be weird.
20:07
You can't freak him out any more than we already have!
20:09
It's not gonna be weird.
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(laughing)
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In '97, my brother and I went to the Astrodome,
20:14
this was the most amazing thing I ever saw you do.
20:16
We went to the Astrodome,
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back when they had baseball in there,
20:20
and they had just put in this new left field scoreboard
20:23
that was meant to make the Astrodome look like
20:25
you should play baseball in the Astrodome
20:27
which you really shouldn't, but they did.
20:29
And they had a manual scoreboard, it was opening day.
20:32
And the guy, you were probably 80 feet from the scoreboard
20:36
and this guy who's working the manual scoreboard
20:40
would open up one of the portals with the numbers
20:43
and it was sorta like whack-a-mole.
20:45
You would throw the ball in and he would duck
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and it would go in there, and then he'd show up again
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two levels down, open it up, and you would throw it.
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Do you remember that? You don't do you?
20:53
Well yeah, we threw stuff there all the time.
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(laughing)
20:57
Yeah so my brother and I were watching that thinking
21:00
that is awesome. Yeah.
21:02
And it got harder and harder and harder,
21:03
he kept throwing a little harder, a little harder,
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a little harder.
21:06
He didn't really throw it a little harder,
21:07
and a little harder.
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But we really appreciate you being here Greg.
21:09
We know you're busy.
21:10
We know you gotta hit the coaching trail and
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a lot of obligations, but we're so honored
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to have you here, and thanks again for showing up.
21:16
Thank you. Thank you.
21:17
Greg Maddux everybody.
21:19
(applauding)
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Herman Edwards, on the show next week!
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On Callaway Live!
21:24
Thanks everybody for being here, we'll see you again.
21:29
(upbeat dance music)
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(Groaning) Ouch.
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