The goal of every minor league baseball player is to make the majors and eventually have a hall of fame career. Less then one percent of those dreams come true. So the next best thing may be to play against or with a sure fire guy heading to Cooperstown.
For the second time in two weeks, that's just what the Augusta GreenJackets will do when they are suppose to face Tom Glavine on Tuesday night. Glavine is slated to make his final rehab start for the Braves and then head to Atlanta and hopefully help shore up the Braves rotation.
When John Smoltz faced the Jackets, I had a chance to talk to a couple of players about the opportunity to face him. Matt Klimas eyes lit up like saucers when talking about Smoltz. He said first of all, he wanted to be in the lineup. Secondly, it didn't matter whether or not he got a hit off of him, he was facing JOHN SMOLTZ.
Even after his appearance in Augusta you could tell Smoltz was acting more like 22 not 42. There were reports he rented out a local restraunt for the Greenville Drive for before and after game spreads and you could just tell he really appreciated the crowd that showed up in Augusta. In other words, he was a kid again enjoying playing baseball.
Safe to say Tom Glavine will have a turn back the clock moment again when he toes the rubber for the Class A Rome Braves. Not that often you walk into a clubhouse thats slightly larger then your locker in the big leagues.
For the GreenJackets, lets hope the outcome is the same when they faced Smoltz, a win. The way they've been playing lately, it wouldn't be that much of a surprise.