Before we get to the cold, hard numbers on Tom Glavine there are three stories that always come to mind any time I hear his name.
The Atlanta Braves lefty will be inducted into Cooperstown later this month along with his rotation mate Greg Maddux, his manager Bobby Cox, slugger Frank Thomas, plus managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
Glavine’s name brings to mind:
1. The day before the 1991 all-star game at the SkyDome, starting pitchers Jack Morris of the American League and Glavine of the NL had their turns in the interview room down the left-field line.
Walking back to the NL clubhouse we asked Glavine, a fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, if he ever dreamed of playing on Wayne Gretzky’s line?
“Gretzky might have played on my line,” Glavine said jokingly.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully’s description of Glavine:
“He’s like a tailor; a little off here, a little off there and you’re done. Take a seat.”