One thing I forgot to mention when quoting John Smoltz a couple of days ago was his reference to Schuerholz as "the homeboy upstairs." Didn’t seem newsworthy. However, there has been some minor debate within the Braves community. Was it offensive, was it part of an agenda, stuff like that. To see Smoltz and Schuerholz’s take on that, check out David O’Brien’s blog for the AJC.
More importantly, O’Brien mentions that "the Braves are surely going to pick up the option." As I mentioned before, it’s a no-brainer. The more interesting question is whether the two parties will hammer out a contract extension to allow Smoltz to finish his career as a Brave. He’s stated his desire to do so publicly.