John Smoltz works ‘Field of Dreams game’ on day his father dies

The second annual “Field of Dreams” game was very emotional for John Smoltz.

The Hall of Fame right-hander still worked on the broadcast for FOX Sports after his father, John Adam Smoltz, died at the age of 79 earlier Thursday. He would have been 80 next month, according to WILX10, an NBC affiliate in Lansing, Mich.

“He lived by his faith, he loved family and he would be so mad if I didn’t do this game,” the 55-year-old Smoltz said during the broadcast. “I can’t think of another day to honor him. When you think of about this park, this movie and how he loved everyone of us and everyone he came into contact with.

“I’m the man I am because of him. He was awesome.”

John Smoltz (left) talks with FOX Sports broadcast partner Joe Davis during the
John Smoltz (left) talks with FOX Sports broadcast partner Joe Davis during the “Field of Dreams” game about the death of his father, who died Thursday morning
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