Not to be outdone by those codgers Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson, who faced off in Arizona yesterday, two more pitching geriatrics -- the Braves' John Smoltz (nearly 40) and the Padres' Greg Maddux (39) -- faced each other last night in Atlanta.
The two old teammates had a combined pitching line of 12.1 innings, 11 hits, 3 runs, 11 strikeouts and just two walks by doing what so many younger pitchers find difficult to do, staying around the plate. The Braves won, 3-2.
When Maddux came up to bat for the first time, Smoltz took off his cap to reveal his thinning pate. "I was trying to blind him at the plate with my head," Smoltz joked. See, baseball can be fun.
Oh, and Maddux enjoyed it even more when he singled on Smoltz's first pitch.