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Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz once threw batting practice to Tiger Woods

Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz once threw batting practice to Tiger Woods

For years, Tiger Woods wanted to put down the club and pick up a bat, change his golf spikes for baseball cleats and dig in the batter’s box against former Atlanta Braves star John Smoltz.

The Hall of Fame pitcher – winner of back-to-back celebrity division titles at the LPGA’s Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions – didn’t think it would ever happen. But it did, and Smoltz told the story on Wednesday afternoon during an interview on Golf Today with co-hosts Shane Bacon and Damon Hack.

“Everybody was gone from the park so I said, ‘Alright Tiger, you can come and take four swings or pretend like it’s in a game, I’m going to be throwing like it’s a game,’” said Smoltz, an eight-time All-Star and World Series champion in 1995.

“I think he got a little frustrated at the end when I was trying to lay it in there a couple times in his fourth at bat, but he declared himself 1-4 with a walk,” remembered Smoltz. “Brian McCann was a young catcher and afraid to call strikes, which I got mad at, but all in all it was a good time, it was fun, it was something we’ll be able to talk about for the rest of our lives.”

 


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