Here’s to you, Tommy G.

Thanks for the memories, TommyIn many ways, Tom Glavine was the signature Brave of the glorious ’90s. He was here for the bad years of 1987 – ’90. His breakout season was 1991, same as the team. His stoicism characterized the club’s demeanor. Say what you will about his signing with the Mets, but he never, ever embarrassed the Braves organization.

He’s articulate, the consummate thinking man’s pitcher. If not for Maddux, he’d be the greatest thinking man’s pitcher in Atlanta history. He fielded his position well, could bunt and hit a little.

His jersey retirement and induction into the team Hall of Fame are, obviously, richly deserved. I want like hell to be on Hank Aaron Drive tonight, but alas, our 7-month-old will be christened this Sunday, much family is in town and so I have to be doing other things. Damn timing.

I do hope the park is packed. It will be a shame if it’s not. I don’t have time for a lenghty tribute just now, but a couple quick notes on Tommy G. In 1991, the greatest, most exhilirating year in Atlanta sports history by far, Tommy pitched six innings or more in 30 of 34 starts, with 9 complete games. He AVERAGED 7-plus innings, racking up 246-2/3, with a 1.095 WHIP, 2.55 ERA and, of course, 20 wins and the first of two Cy Youngs. The Braves as a team have two CGs this year.  

So Tommy starred in the city’s most memorable sports season. And he was the protagonist in the signature game in Atlanta sports history. In Game 6 of the ’95 World Series, Tommy allowed one runner into scoring position in 8 innings, and that on a stolen base by Lofton. That against a team with six .300 hitters, a .291 team batting average,  a team that scored 5.8 runs a game during the regular season.  By comparison, this year’s Yankees are averaging 5.3 runs a game.

As a final fun fact, here are some of the players drafted before Glavine (2nd round) in 1984: Shawn Abner, Drew Hall, Jay Bell, Drew Denson — the Braves’ first-round pick, Alan Cockrell, Shane Mack, Oddibe McDowell!, John Hoover, Terry Mulholland, John Kinzer and Luis de los Santos.

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16 Comments on Here’s to you, Tommy G.

  1. The consummate Metropolitan.

  2. charlesad // August 6, 2010 at 10:44 am //

    None of us knows what really happened surrounding that situation, but I’d trust Glavine way before I’d trust the world of Stan Kasten or JS. I think Kasten and JS didn’t handle things in a first-class manner. But bottom line, Tommy went to the Mets. So fair game.

  3. Viva Rufino Linares! // August 6, 2010 at 11:03 am //

    Oh…..that’s tonight. Fantastic. As far as I’m concerned, all of the Mets stuff is water under the bridge. He is back in the fold where he belongs. He is arguably the most important pitcher in Atlanta Braves history.

  4. NahaGomez // August 6, 2010 at 11:32 am //

    I for one will always remember Glavine as the player who was the cornerstone of the Braves resurgence and was the first of the mainstays to arrive in Atlanta in 1987. His Game 6 masterpiece against the Indians in 1995 gave the Braves their only WS championship to this date (in Atlanta) and for that all Braves’ fans should be thankful.

    JS only offering Glavine two years at 12 million instead of the four at 40 million that Glavine wanted gave the Braves six years of Mike Hampton and all those wonderful DL trips.

  5. teamlittleguy // August 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm //

    Co-sign Viva!

    It’s a free market. If the Braves can trade Francouer to the Mets (hehehehehehehe), it’s no different than if a player gets a better offer from them and decides to bolt.

  6. NahaGomez // August 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm //

    If the Braves had just given Glavine what he wanted from 2003-2006 (4 for 40 mil), the Braves would not have been hamstrung as an organization by Mike Hampton’s $45 million that they paid for 0 games in 2006-2007 and only 13 games in 2008.

  7. Jack Straw // August 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm //

    Glavine’s stint with the Mets is like Elvis’ stint in the Army: a footnote, no more.

    Very well put, sir. I especially enjoyed the last paragraph. Potential is a funny thing.

  8. PepeFreeUs // August 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm //

    You guys know how I feel. I’ve looked forward to this for a long time. Only Cooperstown will top it (but this one promises to be more fun.)

    Way to piss away your recent renaissance, Dave.

  9. Shane Mack carried my fantasy baseball team for 2 years in the early 90s.

    Great post CB. I have gone from Glavine fan to Glavine hater to Glavine fan again. I hope the weather gives me a nice night.

  10. Roadrunner // August 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm //

    I loved watching him pitch.

  11. jermaine's dye // August 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm //

    The truest Brave, Tommy Baseball.

  12. Hey pepe, don’t get pissy with me. I’m not the one who left for the team’s most hated rival for, due to cost of living and taxes, probably less money.

    He did it and he has to live with it. And he has to live with others bringing up his actions.

    You may be fine with it but that doesn’t mean others have forgotten.

  13. Meet Dave: The conscience of Braves fans.

  14. Dave is the Desmond Tutu of Braves fans.

  15. clete boyer fan // August 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm //

    Great article CD.

    Poor pissy Dave. Guess Glav’s 15 odd years as a Brave didn’t mean squat. Whatever…

  16. Say whatever you want but the bottom line is that Glavine leaving the Braves to go to their hated rival is in his history. Does it wipe out his time with the Braves, Cy Young awards as a Brave, WS MVP, and everything else? Nope. But he did it.

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