Glavine: I Only Want To Play One Of Two Places in 2007
Tom Glavine pitched a fine game last night, in his second start, after sitting out with his circulation problem, and reduced the Mets magic number further. It will be very interesting to see how far the Mets go this postseason.
That being said, I read an article which was posted on Atlanta Braves.com, which was essentially an interview with Glavine. In the article, he said that there are only two places he wants to play next season, in his chase to win 300 games, either the Mets, or, to quote Glavine, "A place I've been before" Of course, we all know what team that is. The soon to be extinct from the division and wild card race, Atlanta Braves.
Looking at Atlanta's financial picture, the fact that they have a much younger lefty in Mike Hampton coming back from injury, the fact that the Mets have an over 100 million dollar payroll, are going to be division champions, and might well win it all, one would have to figure that considering all those factors, the Braves uncertainity of where they go after this bad season, and the fact that they may well be in a down period, it would seem unlikely to me that Glavine would go back to the Braves. After making close to $50 million in New York the last four years, and probably being set for life, it would be nice to see Glavine come back and win number 300 in Atlanta, something Phil Niekro didnt do for the Braves, although his heart was always there, and he pitched his last game in the major leagues for the Braves in 1987, and something Tom Seaver didnt do after winning nearly 200 games for the Mets, as he won Number 300 for the White Sox, abit at Yankee Stadium, against the Yankees, in New York.
My guess is that Glavine will sign for one more year with the Mets, and chase number 300 with what should be a more than decent team in New York. Glavine made the mistake of leaving a division champion once, and spent a horrible season in New York in 2003, in last place, as his former team went to the playoffs, and spent two more seasons out of the playoffs, as Atlanta went there in 2004 and 2005. I dont see him doing that again. I, for one, wish he could come back to Atlanta to win number 300 as a Brave, but, with their financial uncertainity, and him being 41 years old by that time, I see that as unlikely.
I would venture to guess that even if Glavine wins a World Series this year, he will go into the Hall of Fame as a Brave. Although Glavine is in his fourth year with the Mets, and is on his way to the playoffs, his heart has probably always been in Atlanta, and it is nice to see that even after all that happened, he publicly says that Atlanta would be the only place he would play, if he ever had to leave New York.