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

LoyalBRAVE

April 15th, 2009
12:12 pm

Glavine said it wasn’t fair for him to go through another season like last year. He knows what he’s doing. No shove is needed. Tommy knows when it’s time. Also, I’m excited for Hanson just like all Braves fans but do we really need 5 right handed starters in our rotation? Let’s see if Jo-Jo can finally pitch in the bigs consistently. If not, I will take our 5 righty any day!

Fulton

April 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

No matter what Mr. Moore writes, says or does, ‘you people’ will always find fault…

Bravedawg

April 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

Terrence,

You’re creating an argument where there isn’t one. There has been no indication from the Braves’ front office that they are looking to force Glavine into retirement, or cut him, or send him to the minors, or anything else.

If this was a preemptive plea, then whatever…I just don’t see the point.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 15th, 2009
12:02 pm

Screw Glavine, he’s the reason ticket prices are so high thanks to his union. He’s the reason why the season was cancelled.

He stabed us in the back for more money.

Can Obama tax his income 90%, seems fair.

Nope, Oh I forgot, he’s a liberl left like our Jayson Blair writer of the AJC.

35YrBravesFan

April 15th, 2009
12:01 pm

Geez, I actually agree with you.

Knuckle Sandwich

April 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

I heard on 680 the fan that you accepted the AJC buyout. I guess that was an unsubstantiated report. What a shame. That would have really freed you up to spend more time with your little boy toy, Jim Rome.

Fulton

April 15th, 2009
12:00 pm

Wow! It seems Mr. Moore my actually get some ATL love today! But sadly, in typical ig’nance, Braves fans that STILL whine about Glavine going to the Mets are so blinded by their silly NY envy, they’ve lost sight of the fact that Ol’ Tommy is directly responsible for bringing this town the ONLY championship it’s EVER won. Mr. Glavine deserves THAT respect, so ya’ll needs ta grow up & GET OVER IT, ya hear me??!!!

dap01

April 15th, 2009
11:59 am

Good article, I agree.

steve

April 15th, 2009
11:59 am

TROTTINGHOME, How exactly can you comment on the content of this column when you have not read one of Terrence’s articles since September of 2008?

I agree that Glavine has earned the right to bow out on his own terms. He has always been a class act (even when I disagreed with him). From the news reports, the end may be near. If it is, thanks Tom Glavine for what you have meant to this city and the Braves organization. It has been a joy to watch you pitch over all of these years.

Good Riddance

April 15th, 2009
11:57 am

Glad to hear you took a buyout Terence. Adios.