Clear the Mechanism

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2009 at 4:43 pm
John Smoltz will finally pull on a Red Sox jersey tonight

John Smoltz will finally pull on a Red Sox jersey tonight

42 year-old John Smoltz will bring 210 wins, 154 saves, 3,011 strikeouts and a career 3.26 ERA to the mound with him tonight when he makes his Red Sox debut against the Washington Nationals.

Every single thing you need to know about John Smoltz can be found in those numbers I just listed above. Yeah, the age is a bit of a red flag. 42 is pretty old, but look at those other numbers. Throw in 8 all-star selections and a Cy Young and the picture that emerges is that of a guy with his ticket punched for Cooperstown. Smoltzie’s legacy is intact and what he does here in Boston can only add to it.

Regardless, the fact is this: Smoltz has succeeded at everything he’s done in a major league baseball uniform. He’s been a 20 game winner, a 50-save guy; a power pitcher, a knuckleballer; a young fireballer, and a graying, middle-aged Billy Chapel looking for one last shot. I, for one, am damn glad the Red Sox gave it to him (and the Braves should be ashamed that they didn’t).

There is no reason whatsoever to believe that Smoltz won’t succeed now as a member of the Sox. His 20 years with the Braves are that impressive. He’s just too good to fail. I don’t care if he is 42 years old. With Daisuke Matsuzaka on the DL after pitching himself out of the rotation, the time is now to see what Smoltz still has left in that golden arm.

(Hell, even if Smoltz does flame out in Boston, the guy’s a scratch golfer with a legitimate shot at qualifying for the Senior PGA Tour. Not a bad backup plan.)


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