Give up? It's not in Smoltz's DNA

Updated: January 8, 2009, 9:10 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Why would John Smoltz, at age 41, with a surgically repaired shoulder that won't allow him to pitch until perhaps late May, leave home in Atlanta, where he has spent his entire major league career, to pitch perhaps a few months in Boston?

The answer to that question, and to all questions, is always the same with Smoltz: It's the competition, the challenge.

He is, after Cal Ripken Jr., the most competitive person that I've met in nearly 30 years of covering baseball. And, like ...

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