I vividly remember watching Maddux pitch against the Reds one game (looking at the records I think it was the Aug. 15th, 1993 1-0 game. I was a kid and it was a long time ago, so please forgive the lack of memory of exact date). He pitched a shutout. Maddux was not striking out that many batters in particular but it seemed like no one could get a ball out of the infield off of him.
I remember batter after batter hitting weak grounders to 2nd, SS, and 3rd. It was almost as if Maddux was toying with them, causing them to flail at a pitch or two, before making them ground out weakly somewhere on the infield. Pretty much anyone who saw Maddux pitch knows that is what he did to teams, but this game is seared into my memory because of the look of exasperation on the Reds' hitters' faces. I cannot remember an entire team of professional athletes looking so helpless and frustrated at the same time.
It was pure unique Maddux type dominance. It was unlike any performance I have seen from any other pitcher. It wasn't that the hitters could not make contact. They made plenty of contact - just in the form of weak ground balls and fouls. It was like Maddux owned the part of their brain that controlled swing decision and hand-eye coordination to make them weakly foul off or groundout his pitches.
I have never seen any other pitcher own a team in the manner that Maddux did that day (and many others). It was unlike any other kind of dominance that I have witnessed in baseball. It was a regular season game without too much significance, but every time I hear Greg Maddux's name I remember that particular game and the look of frustration on the hitters faces.
Welcome to the Hall of Fame Maddux. It is where you belong.
I would love to hear others most memorable Greg Maddux moments or games.