COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Greg Maddux said his life hasn't changed at all since he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Not really," he said. "Still take the trash out."
Ready or not, Maddux gets his day in the spotlight Sunday when he's inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown after winning four Cy Young Awards and 355 games for the Cubs and Braves.
Fans began streaming into this small town Friday, including many Chicagoans here to see Maddux and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas rewarded for their stellar careers.
The Cubs honored Maddux with a reception Friday at the Fenimore Art Museum, while the Sox will have a reception for Thomas on Saturday night.
During a lull in the party Friday, Maddux said he basically was done writing his short speech, but admits he keeps adding people that he forgot to mention in the rough draft.
"There are obviously some names in there that probably got left out, but the guys who really helped me with my baseball career are in it," he said.
Maddux isn't fond of speaking in public, but this is a speech that's going to be remembered, so he wants to make it perfect.
"I'm not going to say I'm looking forward to it," he said. "But I just want to make sure (people know) the reason I'm here is because I got a lot of help along the way, and I want to let the people along the way know I appreciate it, and get a chance to thank them and let them know I wouldn't be here without them."
The tricky part for Maddux is he's an institution in two cities, and doesn't want to slight either of them.
Asked what he remembers most about his Cubs' experience, he replied: "Wrigley Field, the fans, the city, the day games, the ivy, the weather, the atmosphere. ... The night games were special because there weren't that many of them.
"It was Wrigley. It was playing in Chicago and every day was different. It's a special place to stand on that mound and pitch."
Maddux said he's proudest of the fact he played long and stayed healthy, which "allowed me to rack up the numbers a little bit." He talked about some of the players he said he never could get out, naming Tony Gwynn and Mickey Morandini, and insisted he does not miss playing.
"You know how you always want to play one more year?" he said. "I did that like three times. I was ready when the time came. I'd love to still be playing, but once you lose your speed it's tough."
Maddux keeps busy in his role as a special assistant to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, and watching his two kids grow up. He helps coach his son, Chase, a high school pitcher in Las Vegas entering his senior year. A young Chase Maddux used to throw off the mound at Wrigley Field, throwing with the same motion as his father.
"He's a little behind in the growing department," Maddux said. "He finally grew and now we'll see if his arm can catch up with his growth and see what happens. ... He's tall enough. He can spin it. Just have to get him to chuck it harder."
The biggest lesson he teaches young players it to have fun while you play. Nothing is life and death when you're on the field.
"They say "play ball,' right?" he said. "That's the beauty of baseball. ... Once you're in the clubhouse or on the bench, there are no women, and you can say and do whatever you want, and that's one of the perks of being a baseball player. There are no rules."
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