Low. Bush league. Disgraceful. The Atlanta Braves have opted to let John Smoltz go to the Red Sox. The face of the franchise, a man who altered his career multiple times to help the team, who took hometown discounts, and who pitched through pain to help them win, has gone to another team because the organization didn’t think he was worth a $5.5 million flyer. This from the same organization that just made a contract offer to Mike Hampton! John Smoltz deserved better; he earned better. As an organization that has always prided itself on doing things The Right Way™, the Braves should be better. I can’t remember ever being ashamed of the Braves in my entire life… until now.
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