Tom Glavine and John Schuerholz: Together again.
Tom Glavine and Frank Wren? Notsomuch, yet.
I’m not sure if there ever has been an athlete as revered as Glavine who had, not one, but two unceremonious exits from the same franchise. First came the ugly negotiations with the Braves in the winter of 2002, leading to him signing with the New York Mets. Then came the absurdity of last June when
Wren blindsided Glavine (and everybody else) by releasing him after a rehab stint without ever warning him that he had changed his mind and now considered his return from surgery little more than a tryout.
Kudos to Schuerholz for some bridge building.
He wasn’t comfortable with how the Glavine matter was handled last summer. It was he, not Wren, who publicly apologized for the tone and manner of the pitcher’s release. Now it’s Schuerholz, not Wren, who’s spearheading efforts to bring Glavine back to the franchise in some capacity.
Maybe next they can be Facebook friends.
Kinda funny. Glavine and Schuerholz have, as Glavine mused Tuesday, “butted heads over different issues.” At times, it seemed like Schuerholz and agent Gregg Clifton were on opposite sides of the Russian front. Glavine even was upset about excepts in Schuerholz’s book, “Built to Win,” which revealed specifics about past negotiations.
“It’s a good thing — it’s the right thing,” Glavine said of his possible return.
“It makes sense for me to be here and I think it was the right thing for both parties, myself and the Braves and John, to start having the dialogue about what happened, how did it happen, why did it happen, and let’s get everything out in the open and move past it and see where we go from here. … Over time, mature people look at the situation and try to figure out a way to rebuild the bridge.”
When our David O’Brien wrote about Glavine’s possible return, Wren wasn’t quoted in the story. When I asked Glavine about that Tuesday, he laughed and said, “You know … I don’t want to say anything.”
Has he spoken to Wren yet?
“No. At some point, if I go down this road, we’re going to have to talk.”
One bridge left.