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

Aaron

April 15th, 2009
1:02 pm

I have a question. Why is there so much talk AGAIN about there not being enough “blacks” in baseball? Why does it even matter? Who’s fault is it that there are not enough blacks to choose from? Do these people think that GM’s look at a guy and say “I am not signing him because he is black!” So stupid! It is a white sport so they need to deal with it. Why is there not an uproar over the NBA not having enough “white” players?

Braves#1

April 15th, 2009
1:01 pm

Waiting ???????? Means that the team waits for a number 5 starter. Means that HO JO pitches because they wont start the arbitration clock on Hanson until they know, means that games are being lost and for what? A pitcher who left us once for more money then came running back hurt and in need of repair. Thats not a good excuse. The past is over and so is Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz. Call up Hanson and lets get moving on another 14 year run. This time with a couple of rings at the end.

steve

April 15th, 2009
12:56 pm

TROTTINGHOME,
I still don’t see how you can make comments about an article you have not read.

And as far as I know, Terrance (like Mark Bradley and others) is a paid columnist. That means he is paid to write HIS opinions. I don’t understand bashing someone because they hold different opinions than you do. I especially do not understand bashing someone when we are talking about sports. Sports are a great diversion in life but it is nothing to get worked up over. We are talking about a game.

TROTTINGHOME

April 15th, 2009
12:48 pm

FULTON, your right It don’t matter cause Terence can’t.

law dawg

April 15th, 2009
12:46 pm

I’m not sure of the effective date of your departure from the AJC. However, if a lttle more money might hasten your departure, i might be willing to organize a fundraiser.

TROTTINGHOME

April 15th, 2009
12:45 pm

Good eye Steve. I only read the headline. Is there a quote in this article that Terence himself got within the last 2 days to give the reader a new insight to what everyone knew 4 days ago (that Glavine is hurt and it don’t look good)

ABsolutly not one fresh idea. So that menas Terence is either spectulating or cutting and pasteing (I bet on the latter).

And we know where spectulating has got us.

Glavine is an old ball player that is ready to retire. There’s nothing I can do to change that, so Glavine will be Glavine regardless.

Fischerking04

April 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

Thanks Terence. I have to say that when you stop putting the best players on the field you stop being successful.

Tom Glavine isn’t the second or even thrid best option for the #5 spot. Hanson and JoJo Reyes are both in position to be more successful this year that Glav.

I love the guy but when you start playing for nostalgia, teams like the Marlins put in the young studs that will beat you on a nightly basis.

Dadgum

April 15th, 2009
12:43 pm

Terence….the Braves just gave dear old Tom a million bucks and an invite to spring training. That was plenty of love dude. He deserves no final start handshake. You also conveniently forgot to mention it would cost the Braves a million more bucks of love to have him start a game. Glavine has had a great career and I thank him for that but the Braves absolutely owe him nothing more.

Rock on……

Beau L. Chevik

April 15th, 2009
12:42 pm

Excuse me, Chizik is a Glavine lookalike.

Tracey

April 15th, 2009
12:41 pm

Also would like to add, none of us know what Glavine might be able to contribute if he is able to return. He was hurt last year, so you can’t assume he would get the same results this year. He if gets healthy, give him the chance and see what he can do. If he can’t get people out, then move on to someone else, but don’t assume he can’t pitch when he hasn’t pitched in a regular game since last summer.