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

Kevin

April 25th, 2009
9:42 am

Well glavine can go home now he done….also Mr moore dave(i hurt me self 0 Hampton on DL again i told u and O’Brien he be again he is..Yes glavine did win a world series after he said we go on strike.Then he bouts off to Ny mets to win 300 games he weae a met hat in hall of fame sorry braves fans so will maddox a cubs hat to….this cause braves said we can’t afford u….oh phil niekro will wear a yankee hat when they get in hall of fame soon.hey moore remember his famous choke when let the marlins beat his ass bad and Mets were out of playoffs n divison to Ha ha….oh and john smoltz will get 11 wins as red sox and beat us here at turnerfield to….I be waitin for that an cheerin as see cox face as his former pitcher beats him like cox beats his wife….Oh and smoltz will be wearin a red sox hat when he gets in the hall of fame at cooperstown to…..

scottbravesfan

April 16th, 2009
12:37 am

You mean the way they already took 2 out of 3 from the Phillies in Philly? The Braves can hang with anyone in the NL East. Hell the Marlins are the best team in the division.

scottbravesfan

April 16th, 2009
12:36 am

I agree let Glavine go out when he wants to.

Stretch

April 15th, 2009
11:30 pm

What is the point of this article? Is there some debate or concern that the Braves are going to force Tommy Ballgame out? Or is T. Moore stirring up the muck?

Question: How long has Terrence Moore been writing for the AJC?

Answer: Too Long.

JimK

April 15th, 2009
11:25 pm

Since Glavine’s next pitch in a game will cost the Braves $1 million, I say let him retire now and go into the Hall on the same day as Greg Maddux. Let his final pitch be a symbolic one on the “Tom Glavine Day”, which is warranted by his accomplishments on the field. May Turner Field sell out on that day, although the gate will be small compensation for what his union’s excesses have cost the Braves and all of baseball.

No bittersweet feelings or mixed emotions over the departure of Terence Moore, of course. Rank that exit right up there with the fare-thee-wells bade to Kenny Lofton, Mark Redman, and John Rocker.

stoph

April 15th, 2009
10:43 pm

Sorry, I disagree. These Braves are a 4th place team in ‘09 IF they stay healthy. The Mets, Phillies, and Marlins have more balance and depth. The Braves management did the best they could – except the obvious Smoltz screw-up – but you can’t make diamonds out of dog do.

It will be fun watching the team transition to the future, post Chipper, Glavine, etc. For now, they are not going to impress the class of the NL East.