He happened to overhear John Smoltz explain the benefits of throwing two light bullpen outings between starts over one heavy one during a game in which the Hall of Famer was a television commentator at Citi Field.
"Understand that this is not normal to have a surgery at 14 or 15 years old," Smoltz said to warm applause. "Baseball is not a year-round sport. They're competing too hard, too early. That's why we're having these problems."