The Braves and Mets are tied at 1 in the bottom of the second at Shea, and Atlanta’s John Smoltz has allowed an RBI double to Jose Valentin.

Always looking to stir things up, Hot Foot announced yesterday that Smoltz is embroiled in an “anti-gay controversy”.

For the record, I would like to defend Smoltzie.  He was equating same-sex marriage with bestiality over two years ago, so he’s not one of your Johnny-cumbucket latelies in the rocks-for-brains sweepstakes.  Everytime I fondle the power tools at Home Depot, I remind myself what a charming guy they’ve hired as their corporate spokesmodel.