September 2009

Back in the Day

When I was growing up, there were no Florida Marlins, so like most Floridians, I was an Atlanta Braves fan. TBS was on in our house, and I got to watch John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux play every day. They were the guys I looked to emulate on the mound.  So obviously, when word came that John Smoltz was going to be a Cardinal, I was excited.

When he arrived, I was a little leery of saying, “Hey John, I grew up watching you as a kid and
I’m a big fan,” because I said the same thing to Eric Davis when I came up as a pitcher and he looked at me and said “thats why I’m going to retire.”

So I wasn’t sure how to exactly word my adulation. But, before I could even say anything to him, he came up to me and shook my hand and said, “I’ve got to give you props for what you have done” and shook my hand. That was pretty cool.

Our last off day was Albert Pujols’ Celebrity Golf Tournament at St. Albans golf course. My wife and I had just been fitted with some new Taylor Made clubs, so I was excited to play and try them out. I had a great group and it was a lot of fun. I knew we didn’t have a chance to
win, though, when Smoltz showed up. Rumor has it that he could be a pro, he is so good.

Mike Piazza was in the group ahead of us and he looked like he was driving the ball pretty well, and Ryan Ludwick was behind us, which made for some good ribbing throughout the day.  It was a great day benefiting a great cause.  For more information about the Pujols Family Foundation, go to http://www.PujolsFamilyFoundation.com.

Till next time…