A more accurate title of this post, perhaps, would be “The Boras and Maddux Show.” Only here, at the winter meetings, could the greatest pitcher of his generation possibly be upstaged by his agent.
Greg Maddux and Scott Boras walked together from the lobby to the media workroom for a news conference to officially announce Maddux’s retirement. Their entourage, sizable at the start with Maddux’s entire family and a few people who work with Boras, grew like a snowball rolling downhill as they made their walk. Reporters, cameramen, autograph seekers, well-wishers in the game, and other assorted stragglers gathered around the pack and ambled with them. It was a little awkward when Maddux stopped to go to the bathroom.
Boras, dressed in what appears to be an unspeakably expensive suit, received as much attention as Maddux, only one of the best right-handed pitchers of all time. Boras took the podium first, introducing Maddux and his family — his wife, his son, his parents, his brother-in-law, and his brother Mike, the Texas Rangers pitching coach and a former Red Sox pitcher.
“I’m just here to say, really, thank you to everybody,” Maddux said. “It’s going to be hard to walk away. But obviously, it’s time.”
Maddux was later asked if he knew as this season wore that he would retire.
“I knew,” Maddux said. “I think I knew two years ago, but I ended up playing one more year.”
Boras, a master at delivering his message through the media, will surely be speaking shortly after Maddux (still talking now) is through with his news conference. We will have what he says about his free agent clients — Jason Varitek, Mark Teixeira, and Derek Lowe — as fast as we can post it here.