Braves Quote For The Day ... Iron Man John Smoltz

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 12: Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz addresses the crowd during the Bobby Cox number retirement ceremony before the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field on August 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

This good piece of Braves quote nostalgia comes via Corey Dawkins at Baseball Prospectus, in their piece about the 10 Weirdest Baseball Injuries:

There are a lot of injuries make me sit back and chuckle, but this one by John Smoltz takes the cake. Generally, everyone likes to look good. I mean, who doesn't? You know what they say, "dress for success" and all. Well, Smoltz needed to make sure his clothes were absolutely perfect one day back during spring training of 1990. Apparently, an area needed extra attention because it just wasn't right. Smoltz did what naturally comes next; he ironed his shirt. The only issue was that he was still wearing it and scalded his chest as a result.

According to Joe Strauss, the Braves beat writer at the time, Smoltz ended up with 5 different one inch long red streaks below the Polo emblem. Smoltz was also quoted in the article saying, "I couldn't believe it. I've done it five or six times before and never had that happen." Smoltz has since denied it multiple times-hey, that's what I would do-but regardless, it definitely has to be one of the funniest and most bizarre injuries I have ever seen.

Good ol' Smoltzy. I was watching Kevin Costner's movie, "For Love Of The Game," last night, and it made me really miss Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz. I know I appreciated them and marveled at them when they were all here in a Braves uniform, but it still wasn't enough, or those memories have faded somewhat. Either way, I miss seeing all those guys pitch. Twas a thing of beauty.

UPDATE: Smoltz's injury is honored in this card set (hat tip: martyb67):


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