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If the Mets end up signing Smoltz



That would be two former Braves Icons they have depended on past their prime... What gives? I'm not even sure how to feel if they do sign him. I definitely think the Braves handled the whole Smoltz situation correctly last winter and he made them out to be the bad guys. Yeah, he was a lifelong Brave and did command a level of respect... but the Braves were obviously (and still are) a little bit more financially hamstrung than clubs at the top. We couldn't throw Red Sox-guaranteed money at him when our rotation had been devastated by injuries the season prior. We were willing to give him an incentive-laden deal, which apparently wasn't good enough for him. Smoltz left huffing and puffing and then didn't pitch up to the level that everyone expects out of John Smoltz. I don't expect him to offer an apology now (though down the road I think he eventually will give one if he ever does wise up about the whole thing), but although he claims to "have looked at the situation from the Braves perspective" he went out of his way to vilify the organization on his way out and then once again after the Braves released Glavine (another "controversial" move, but another that was eventually vindicated with the dominance of Tommy Hanson).

I was mad as hell after the Braves lost Smoltz, but after I examined the details and had time to cool off I could really see where the Braves were coming from in not wanting to guarantee money. Smoltz acted the same way - mad as hell, except he never backed off his belief that he was "due" the same amount of money from the Braves as he was the Red Sox. We didn't make the playoffs, but had we guaranteed Smoltz 5 million we likely don't end up with Vazquez or Kawakami. That definitely would have adversely affected the win total in light of Smoltz's performance. Smoltz can like it or not - the Braves were right. The man simply has too much pride and too big of an ego to ever come off his opinion. That sort of pride and ego translates terrifically to the Baseball field when you have as much talent as Smoltz, and that is why I loved him so much with the Braves... he was the ultimate competitor. His words during his departure left a bad taste in my mouth, and to see him end up with a rival as hated as the Mets would likely irk me that much more.

I don't know if I want the Mets to sign him so we can beat the living heck out of him every time we face him, or if I would not be able to stand the sight of Smoltz in a Mets' uniform. It shouldn't be too hard after the exodus of Glavine (and I guess you could say Francoeur), but 2 years ago it was a thought that never crossed my mind.

TL;DR (too long; didn't read) :

Pissed off Smoltz left on such a bad note, don't know if I want him to go to the Mets so we can beat him or if it would be too much to take.

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