John Smoltz is set to prove everybody with or without a medical degree wrong again. The fact his first start for Boston probably won’t come against the Braves is OK because, well, apparently even the man who lives for such moments wonders if that one would’ve been too much.
“I was working out, preparing for that possibility,” he said by phone. “But this is probably the best scenario for me just because there would be so much surrounding that game that it wouldn’t be just a game. I’d prefer my start be as normal as possible, even though at the beginning I know it’s not.”
He acknowledged: “The reality is, [facing the Braves] would’ve been one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. But now it’s probably not going to happen.”
He’s trying to make another comeback, this from shoulder surgery. He will pitch four innings of another rehab start tonight for