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Vintage Tube: Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine star in ‘Chicks Dig The Longball’ commercial

David Brown
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This commercial from 1999 is loaded with irony, considering what we have learned since (or even assumed) about performance-enhancing drugs. Ignore that part, accept it, whatever, this 60-second spot remains one of the funniest and most effective ads ever produced by Nike. And these are the Bo Jackson/Michael Jordan people, people!

Regardless, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine — voted in Wednesday to the Hall of Fame with slugger Frank Thomas — do some great near-acting as they try to transform themselves from pitchers into power hitters because, of course, "chicks dig the longball." Ted Berg of USA Today is right, Maddux is the better actor who nails the best lines, including the titular phrase and, "Hey, we got Cy Young winners over here!"

They definitely ended up pitching their way into the Hall of Fame, even though Glavine's hitting stroke (shown in slo-mo) is kind of sweet. Must have been all of those slap shots.

Meanwhile, the Mark McGwire billboard — which implies that shoes are responsible for his home run prowess — reminds us how quickly history can turn on people. Oh, we still might believe in magic shoes, just not McGwire's home runs. He's barely hanging on the ballot.

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