Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux Were in Classic Ad; John Smoltz Still Mad About It

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 9, 2014

They are on the Mount Rushmore of 1990s Atlanta Braves pitching, but only one of them was left out off that super cool commercial we all enjoyed nearly 20 years ago. 

Oh sure, you may have forgotten about the gem that was Nike's "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" commercial, but John Smoltz hasn't. According to recent findings, the former star MLB pitcher has been stewing from the ad snub, and it's time he let you know all about it. 

The Big Lead's Mike Cardillo spotted one of the many instances of frivolity following the results for the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame class, which features Frank Thomas along with former Braves hurlers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. 

Smoltz is left to watch his buddies head into the hall without him. (He will be on the ballot starting next year, along with Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson.)

Perhaps it was the sight of seeing his friends enjoy all the fun that brought back a flood of memories. Maybe Smoltz remembered holding down one of the most dominant rotations of the decade. Perhaps he even recalled playoff battles they shared. 

Regardless, he obviously remembered this commercial, which Cardillo reminds us came out some time after the 1994 strike. 

First off, they just don't make commercials like they used to. The instant wave of nostalgia just knocked British Knights sneakers clear off my feet. 

I also have to admit that I had forgotten that this amazing masterpiece existed. Thankfully, I now recall Maddux shouting with his best Steve Urkel voice, "Hey, we got Cy Young winners over here." Let's hope it never leaves my brain. 

I also want to give some love to one of the best left-handers in the game's history, Glavine, who proved he is quick with the zingers: "Smoltzy, chicks dig the long ball, not the bald spot."

Wednesday was an odd day. It featured celebration for three stars getting their just rewards in the form of acceptance into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. 

But we also had the cloud of rampant debate and silly controversy with discussion on Ken Gurnick's ballot, Dan Le Batard's sold vote and Craig Biggio's razor-thin snub. 

So hey, it was like any year. 

Thankfully, we finally got to see a flash of something that really matters: Maddux and Glavine hitting the long ball. 

Hopefully Smoltz gets the nod next year, if only to see this commercial again. 


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