When Tom Glavine first signed with the Mets, I was hopeful that this pitcher who had tortured the Mets as part of the Atlanta Braves would be just as effective in our uniforms.
Boy was I ever wrong.
The Mets acquiring of Tom Glavine may have signaled his ultimate demise as a baseball player and possibly a legendary pitcher. The final chapter of this horror novel has just been written as Tom Glavine was released by the Braves and now is considering filing grievances against the team according to ESPN.com.
One of the last 300 game winners that we may ever see has been released by the same team that gave him his start and who he helped pitch to a World Series title. But instead of bowing out gracefully, Tom Glavine wants reparations.
Some may call this a sad state of affairs, but I call it sweet justice.
You see I won't remember Tom Glavine for his off-speed pitches or his 300 wins or his ability to stay in this league without a pitch over 85 mph. I will remember Glavine solely for his putrid performance against the Florida Marlins on that late September day in 2007 where he puked all over the Mets season giving up nine runs in half an innings work on the most crucial game of the Mets season.
Possibly the worst part about Glavine's performance that day was his nonchalant comments after the game and his "oh well" attitude as the dreams of many a Mets Lifer was crushed, then spit on, then run over again in that 24 hour period. Glavine wanted to be rid of the Mets, be rid of New York, and go home to his beloved Braves.
The prodigal son got his wish as he returned to Atlanta.
So Mr. Glavine, you got what you wished for and then some. Call it karma. Call it justice. Call it sweet revenge.
The Hall of Fame lefty is no longer the glowing last 300 game winner that he was once remembered. Glavine leaves the game of baseball as a washed up pitcher who was trying to hold onto the game for one more season and in the end had his beloved Braves toss him out to the curb.
Here's to you Mr. Glavine.