7/25/2014 4:14 P.M. ET
Sutcliffe fondly remembers young Maddux
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Former Cubs All-Star pitcher and 1984 National League Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe remembers watching Greg Maddux pitch when he first joined Chicago in 1986.
There was one game when someone hit a ball that should've resulted in a triple, but the hitter stopped at second. That seemed puzzling to Sutcliffe. Maddux had been struggling, and Sutcliffe had experienced something similar his second year with the Dodgers. Apparently, Maddux was tipping his pitches, and the runner at second could send a message to his teammates.
Sutcliffe, Maddux and pitching coach Dick Pole figured out what was happening, and obviously, the young pitcher developed a plan.
"When the next season started, Greg would show the runner at second his changeup, and then he'd change it to a fastball," Sutcliffe said Friday. "You'd see people in the opposing dugout, saying, 'What's going on?' It turned everything around for him."
Maddux went on to win 355 games, strike out 3,371 batters and win four NL Cy Young Awards, and on Sunday, he'll be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. CT with MLB Tonight live from Cooperstown on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com and the At Bat app, with the induction ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Cubs have a contingent in Cooperstown to help celebrate Maddux's induction, including chairman Tom Ricketts.
Maddux wasn't just a good pitcher, he was a great teammate. Sutcliffe recalled the July 1987 game when Padres pitcher Eric Show hit Andre Dawson in the head with a pitch as payback. Maddux was pitching that game, and had every intention of hitting the first batter he faced the next inning. But Maddux knew before the game that he was headed to the Minors if he didn't win that day.
"[Maddux] says, 'I don't care if I ever get another win, I'm hitting the first guy,'" Sutcliffe said. "He hit Benito Santiago at 95 miles an hour. I don't know if he ever threw a pitch any harder than that. He gained the respect of everyone he played with by doing that."
Maddux had his locker next to Sutcliffe, who said it eventually got to the point where the young pitcher was teaching Sutcliffe about the game.
There is one thing, though, that always irked Sutcliffe.
"It used to make [Ryne] Sandberg and I so mad -- we'd go out to the parking lot and people would go crazy [for autographs]," Sutcliffe said. "Greg would put on that Mickey Mouse hat of his and walk right through the fans to his apartment. They'd say, 'It's the bat boy -- I'm not going to bother the bat boy.' Shoot, you're talking about a Cy Young winner there."
Jackson slated to make next start vs. Rockies
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson, who had to leave Thursday's game because of cramping in his right hand, was feeling fine on Friday, and he's not expected to miss his next start.
Jackson was lifted after the first two batters reached in the sixth inning against the Padres. For the game, he gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, walked one and struck out four.
Manager Rick Renteria said Jackson had some spasms in his right hand late Thursday, but he was 100 percent on Friday. The problem may have been dehydration.
Jackson took the loss in Thursday's 13-3 defeat to the Padres, and he is now 0-3 with a 7.27 ERA in five July starts. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.
• The Cubs' Justin Ruggiano was available to pinch-hit Friday, but he wasn't quite ready to play in the outfield. Ruggiano has been dealing with a mild groin strain and has not played since Tuesday.
• The Cubs honored longtime broadcaster Jack Brickhouse on Friday. Brickhouse, whose signature call "Hey, Hey" is celebrated on the foul poles at Wrigley Field, broadcast Cubs games on WGN-TV from 1948-81, and he received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He died in August 1998. Pat Brickhouse, Jack's widow, threw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.