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Take it from a cubs fan: Things get better!

A quick bit of sports trivia about one of my childhood heroes, Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux.

In his first major league game, Maddux gave up a home run that cost his team a win.

In 1987, his first full season in the majors, Maddux struggled to a 6–14 record and 5.61 ERA.*

Here’s how his resume eventually panned out:

He was the first pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award for four consecutive years (1992–1995), a feat matched only by one other pitcher (Randy Johnson). During those four consecutive seasons, Maddux had a 75–29 record with a 1.98 earned run average (ERA), while allowing less than one runner per inning.

Maddux is the only pitcher in MLB history to win at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons.[2] In addition, he holds the record for most Gold Gloves with eighteen. A superb control pitcher, Maddux won more games during the 1990s than any other pitcher, and is 8th on the all-time career wins list, with 355. Since the start of the post-1920 live-ball era, only Warren Spahn (363) recorded more career wins than Maddux. He is one of only 10 pitchers ever to achieve both 300 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.*

Question:

How are things going?

If the answer is “bad”, don’t panic.

It’s not uncommon for a great thing to get off to a poor start.

That’s today’s two cents.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

*Taken from Wikipedia

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  1. Another thing I always liked about Maddux was he was one of those guys who persevered even when he got off to a bad start in a particular game. He won so many 5-4, 6-5 type games when he didn’t have his best stuff. A lot of other elite pitchers fall apart when they get off to a rocky start. Not Maddux. He was a professional who persevered and found a way to win for the sake of the team. One of the best.

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