Why do Met fans shake their fists and groan when Tom Glavine’s name is mentioned? What did he do to deserve an eternal banishment to the club’s dog-house? What happened to turn this 300-game winner into a target of scorn?
Tom Glavine signed a 4-year $42.5 million dollar deal with the New York Mets in 2003. He pitched for the team from 2003-2007.
In 2003, he went 9-14. He started 32 games, threw 183 innings and ended the season with a 4.52 ERA.
In 2004, he went 11-14. He started 33 games, threw 212 innings and ended the season with a 3.60 ERA. He pitched well enough to earn a trip to the All-Star Game.
In 2005, he went 13-13. He started 33 games, threw 211 innings and ended the season with a 3.53 ERA. He pitched well down the stretch when he was named National League Pitcher of the Month in September.
In 2006, he went 15-7. He started 32 games, threw 198 innings and ended the season with a 3.82 ERA. Once again he was an All-Star. He helped the Mets win the National League Eastern Division title. Against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, he pitched 6 shutout innings, gave up only 4 hits and picked up the victory. He then started and won Game 1 of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals by pitching 7 shutout innings. BUT he lost Game 5 when he gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits in only 4 innings pitched. He could have given the Mets a lead in the series but instead gave the lead to the Cardinals. The Cardinals won in 7 games.
He re-signed with the Mets for the 2007 season. He was the Opening Day Starter for the fourth consecutive year. He went 13-8. He started 34 games, threw 200 innings and ended the season with a 4.45 ERA. He won his 300th Game on August 5, 2007 against the Chicago Cubs.
BUT IN ONE INNING, HIS FATE WAS SEALED:
On September 30, 2007, Glavine started and lost the last game of the season against the Florida Marlins. Actually, he got shelled; he gave up seven runs and only recorded one out. The Mets didn’t recover. That 8-1 loss ruined the Mets chances of making the postseason. So, in this single one-third of an inning, when he could have set the team up for a second consecutive trip to the postseason, he stumbled and failed and disappeared from the city’s landscape.
Glavine declined an option to return and instead headed back to Atlanta where he pitched a handful of games before retiring.
In five years with the Mets, he went 61-56, appeared in 164 games, threw 1,005 innings. He ended with a 3.97 ERA and struckout 516 batters. What Mets fans remember though is his performance (or lack of performance) on the last day of the season in 2007.