Stay out of the way, folks, and let Glavine be Glavine

If we weren’t talking about Tom Glavine, it wouldn’t be worth it. 

He’s ancient. He’s hurting. Mostly, he’s not Tommy Hanson, the Braves’ 22-year-old pitching sensation who could bring his roaring fastballs in a flash from the Class AAA likes of Gwinnett Stadium to the big time at Turner Field.

So, if we weren’t talking about Tom Glavine, it’s like this: Out with the old, in with the new — like now.

It’s also like this: When you’re the Braves, and you’ve missed the playoffs for the past three seasons, sentimentality deserves a firm handshake along the way to the door and your version of a gold watch. That’s especially true if sentimentality has a strained 43-year-old rotator cuff after missing much of last season with a damaged elbow that needed surgery.

We are talking about Tom Glavine, though. As a result, those in charge of such things with the Braves should wait slightly longer than forever before saying so long to their future Hall of Fame pitcher and his increasingly creaky body.

Glavine deserves nothing less. In fact, he has spent more than two decades in the major leagues — mostly with the Braves — earning the right to leave the playing field whenever he chooses.

Under such a scenario, neither Braves officials nor the choppers and the chanters would fret. Glavine would choose the right thing. He is a splendid combination of wisdom and pride. For instance: After he discovered recently that this latest shoulder issues will require two weeks rest before the need of another evaluation, Glavine said, “Right now, for me, the glass is probably half-empty, simply because I’m frustrated and tired with this whole rehab thing. But at the same time, being as close as I am — or was — I’m not willing to just say, ‘OK, that’s it.’ I’m willing to put in a little bit more time.”

Sounds reasonable. We are talking about Tom Glavine, the guy who remained the classy face of the Braves from their wretched days in the1980s through their wonderful days in the 1990s.

He’s the guy who threw that shutout for eight innings to help secure the only world championship for an Atlanta professional sports franchise.

He’s the guy who stood up the most to the Evil Owners during the Mother of All Baseball Strikes in 1994.

He’s the guy who always has been involved in a slew of charities and operated as the perfect representative for baseball in general and Braves baseball in particular.

He’s the guy who should be allowed to exit the home clubhouse at Turner Field as a player without being shoved.

106 comments Add your comment

Mort Merkel

April 15th, 2009
11:55 am

I love Smoltz, but he started pushing for a contract too early and when Boston bit, he took his ball and went to New England. Best wishes two him if he gets to pitch in a couple of months. Hope he comes back to the organization in some role when he hangs it up, too.

Alpha Dog

April 15th, 2009
11:54 am

Let Glavine be Gone

The Great One

April 15th, 2009
11:54 am

Glavine we want to thank you for all those years, but we need Hanson now!!!

Mort Merkel

April 15th, 2009
11:53 am

Smoltz was full of crap. He took the contender’s offer. Glavine was with the Braves when they didn’t have a prayer at a winning season and has been a good player for a lot of years for them. They’ve been my team since I first started following MLB in 1976. Let him see if he can go. If he can’t he will retire and if he does, I hope he stays in the organization in some role.

Sam

April 15th, 2009
11:50 am

This is a man who went on television and said the Mark Fox hiring at UGA was a bad hire and proceeded to giggle and have no reasoning behind his argument. Then after two minutes, just said REHIRE TUBBY.

Terence, I’m coming for your job.

gdg73

April 15th, 2009
11:49 am

He should have never been signed. He should do the right thing and retire. No sympathy here.

Oh Smoltzie where art thou???

April 15th, 2009
11:48 am

The Braves have already shoved one legend out the door. They were smart enough to resign Chipper. Let Glavine exit baseball with the class and dignity he deserves. If it is his time…he will be the first to say it.

Derek Lowe Down

April 15th, 2009
11:47 am

You forgot to mention we should also bring back Dave Justice, Deion Sanders, and try to get Ken Griffey Jr.

2009 THE YEAR

April 15th, 2009
11:43 am

“We are talking about Tom Glavine, though” Yes we are talking Glavine, the same one who left the braves for the Mets by his own hand. The same Glavine who said he left before the braves did a tail spin. Yes that Glavine? Its time to move on with another Tommy whos last name is Hanson. Its way past time. Let the youth movement begin now.

Traver

April 15th, 2009
11:42 am

Amen Terence. Amen!