Ryan Dempster and Greg Maddux were teammates on the Cubs from 2004-06. Before he became an every day starter in Chicago, Dempster spent several years as the closer.
But when Maddux came around, Dempster couldn't help but take notes from the Hall of Fame pitcher — who will be officially inducted on Sunday — on how to find his way into the starting rotation.
The best part about being Maddux's teammate?
"Watching him. You didn't even have to talk to him to learn," Dempster said on the Kap & Haugh show. "His approach to everything ... and just how he simplified everything. In a game that we try to make extremely complicated with tons of numbers and shifts, and on-base percentage ... and all these things, he just simplified it really easy."
Coincindentally, a year after Maddux played his final game in a Cubs uniform, Dempster cracked the starting rotation and became the No. 1 starter, finishing the year with a 17-6 record and 2.96 ERA.
"I can't be thankful enough for those years that I played with him," Dempster said, "because it changed my career to be able to be around a guy like that."
You can check out Dempster's full comments in the video above.