GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Catcher Tim Federowicz was impressed with everything John Smoltz had to offer in his minor league rehab assignment.
The All-Star ace brought everything to the plate: fastball and slider -- steak, ribs and fixin's, too.
Federowicz twice was called on this spring by the Class A Greenville Drive as Smoltz worked his way up to the Boston Red Sox. The second-year catcher discovered a patient, friendly and accommodating star, plus a generous, heaping postgame buffet.
"Most of the guys will buy you a spread," Federowicz said. "But it's not usually Longhorn's Steak House."