LADY AT THE BAT: Tom Glavine: One Down, Nine To Go

Monday, April 2, 2007

Tom Glavine: One Down, Nine To Go

Last night the marathon that is the Major League Baseball season finally began. Yaaaaaaaayyy! In the Mets 6-1 victory over the Cardinals, Tom Glavine was Tom Terrific, giving up only 1 run on 6 hits in 6 innings. He also struck out 2 and gave up 1 walk, earning his 291st career win.

Of all the milestones expected to be reached this season, Glavine's 300th win is the one I'm really looking forward to seeing. I remember when Glavine signed with the Mets, shortly before the 2003 season. No one gave him even the slightest chance of getting anywhere near 300 wins. There were many days when it seemed as if all the naysayers were right. Poor outings sparked rumors of retirement and thoughts that he was unhappy in New York and wanted to return to Atlanta. Then there were things like the car accident in which he lost his two front teeth, and the blood clot (which turned out to be not as serious as was first thought). Up until the end of last season, I was still thinking he'd never get to 300 wins. Then all of a sudden, without fanfare, we got the news that he only needed 10 more wins to get there!

Without fanfare. That seems to be the way Glavine has operated his entire career. I can think of at least one "juicy" player who can take a lesson from him, who's sure to receive a lot of fanfare when he reaches his own milestone (if he does it in his own ballpark). If the Mets are smart, they'll give Glavine just as much (if not more) of a tribute when that final out is made, giving him 300 career wins.

The Lady


Anonymous said...

Glavine's my favorite athlete. It was great to start Opening Day off on the right foot with a nice outing by Tom. Only 9 more until 300! :)

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