John Smoltz's ability to adapt to any situation in a pinch has made him a highly respected pitcher in his generation. Add his ability to roll with the punches of the media, and we have a folklore hero.
There are many versions of this story, and recently Smoltz did a guest spot on ESPN to clarify what actually happened.
The original story goes something like this: Smoltz was late for an interview and wanted to wear a wrinkled shirt. Without time to take the shirt off, he ironed it while wearing it, burning himself badly on the chest.
Smoltz's explanation: The shirt was actually steam cleaned, and without time to wait for it to cool, he put it on and burned himself while the shirt was still moist with piping hot steam.
Either way, the story made it to the headlines, and the legend began.