Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tom Glavine Is Now A Jerk That Is Retired

There's this slight chance that Tom Glavine is a nice person.

I couldn't care less.

Tom Glavine's first start with the Mets was on Opening Day, March 31, 2003. It was a cold day, particularly if you happened to be sitting in the last row of the upper deck of Shea Stadium. Like me, for example. But it didn't matter: Glavine went 18-11 with a 2.96 ERA the year before. He's going to be great as a Met for the totality of his four-year contract! Finally a clutch pitcher we can call our own!

The Cubs won 15-2. And I was sick for a week with pneumonia.

Glavine, the guy who cried to Braves GM John Schuerholtz after he signed with the Mets that it was a terrible mistake, was awful for two years before pitching coach Rick Peterson had the courage to talk to him about changing his technique. What a hero. Glavine turned it around and almost was worth what he was being paid.

Then came September 30, 2007. Tom Glavine's last start as a Met. Seven runs. One third of an inning. Collapse. Hate. Him.

At least he finished what he started. Old friends bookends.

Glavine returned to the Braves in 2008, but spent most of his time in the minors rehabbing. Last season Glavine was under the impression that after he finished his obligatory minor league starts and was pronounced healthy, he'd be able to return to the major league team. Instead the Braves released his sorry ass. Drag.

Tom Glavine retired today.

And I'm not going to cry about it.

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