Lansing native John Smoltz returned home Thursday-- for lunch. And then he headed on to Chicago for another assignment with the Major League Network. Smoltz addressed the annual Greater Lansing Sports Business Luncheon and had the 150 area business people hanging on his every word during his 30-minute address which featured motivational tips.
Smoltz now has a son at Michigan State and he loves his Spartans. He'd been offered a guest shot on ESPN's Game Day which will air Saturday in East Lansing but his baseball schedule precludes that much to his regret. Smoltz is a big Tom Izzo fan but told the audience he is staying away because the Spartans are 0-9 in the big games he attends.
Smoltz is likely a future Hall of Famer. He starred at Waverly High School and won the 1985 Diamond Classic with a walk off home run in the championship game which to this day he calls one of his greatest sports thrills. Smoltz lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and founded a school therre in 2000. His talk was great and it's part of the message in his book which hit stores earlier this year.