Monday, August 6, 2007

Glavines! Prepare for Glory!

At the request of Adam, we suppose a post begrudgingly congratulating Tom Glavine on his 300 wins is kind of in order. Never mind the fact that as others have previously pointed out, a whole bunch of those wins were against the Mets when Glavine wore a Braves uniform. Make no mistake, Tom Glavine will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a Bravo, not a Metropolitan.

Rickey would be a lot happier if this record had anything to do with the Mets 2007 season (it doesn’t) or if it was made by someone other than a soft tossing lefty with a penchant for giving up the lead in clutch situations. Anyone who has ever watched Glavine nibble against hitters and repeatedly fall behind in the count knows perfectly well that he signed with the Mets in his twilight years. Just look at the picture above if you don’t believe us. Sweet Jesus, the man is only a few years away from sitting on the front porch and handing out Werther’s Originals to his grandchildren.

But hey, even though 21 people have already hit this milestone, it is indeed a historical moment because for the foreseeable future, absolutely no other pitchers will make it to 300. Neither Randy Johnson (ailing back) or Mike Mussina (groin issues) have a decent shot at making it, and after them are a bunch of guys who are 40+ and still a long long way away. And lest we forget, Glavine was the guy who had five 20 win seasons (four more than Greg Maddux), was awarded two Cy Youngs, and was named the World Series MVP after tossing a one hitter in game six of the '95 World Series. So hey, here’s a golf clap for Tom Glavine. Now that you’ve hit 300, please try not to lose the rest of your starts.

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4 comments:

Adam said...

See, was that so hard?

Adam said...

My rule of thumb: If it pleases Rick Peterson, then it pleases me. Glavine is the afterthought.

Rickey Henderson said...

Rick Peterson wears heavy jackets on hot summer nights and likes to say things like "yeah, I can fix that Victor Zombrano chap, no problem!" so pardon Rickey if he doesn't worry too much about what pleases Rick Peterson.

Adam said...

Haha, touche, mon ami!

Oh, there is no way to sugar-coat Glavine's tenure as a Met, is there? Ummm... he sacrificed his tooth in a cabride a few years ago, right? That's gotta count for something. Right? (sigh) Okay, you're correct, this isn't that great a day afterall.