Tom Glavine’s career appears to be over. The Braves have released him before giving him a chance to show what he could do after his rehab starts. This does not look like a classy move and I commend Chipper Jones and John Smoltz for expressing their criticisms of it. Somebody may sign him, I suppose. I would rather the Mets didn’t, although Atlanta’s treatment of Glavine makes me consider the option in ways that I wouldn’t have before.
I just want to take a moment to do something that most Mets fans haven’t felt inclined to do in recent years. I want to tip my hat to Tom Glavine. It is true that this man gave us the single most disappointing meltdown pitching performance in Mets history and followed it up by saying the dumbest thing any Met has ever said about his play (I was devastated by Glavine’s remarks about the final game of the 2007 season, I wasn’t merely disappointed.) I don’t have to tell Mets fans that he has competition in both of these categories and the fact that he wins both of them is really something.
I also don’t think that he should ever have been on our team. I think it is a bad idea to sign a former nemesis because he’s had contract troubles with our main division rivals. Tom Glavine wanted to be a Brave and by all rights, he should have spent those five years with them and not with us.
But he spent those years with us. And although people have a hard time remembering it because of his last game, he pitched pretty well for the Mets, and he gave us some great games and some solid, inspiring, paternal leadership. I will never forget the last game of the 2007 season, but I will also always remember the shutout he pitched against the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS and the exhilarating opening game of the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals. His 300th win was a thrill too. And whenever I watch my tape of the 2006 clubhouse after the clinching (perhaps the best Mets moment of the century so far) I see how important Tom Glavine was to that team that lifted us up so high.
Thanks, Tom. It was real.