Tom Glavine: ‘Remember The Milestones, Playoff Games’
The hardest part about being inducted into a Hall of Fame – which Tom Glavine will experience this Sunday – isn’t coming up with something to say in your speech. Rather, it’s limiting your speech so that it doesn’t go too long.
“Yeah, that’s been the source of my angst right now – trying to get that to the point where it’s not too long and I don’t have all the guys behind me rolling their eyes wanting me to hurry up,” Glavine said on The John Feinstein Show. “That’s kind of where things are at. It’s in the editing room. I think I’m pretty close, but I’m really looking forward to just kind of getting up there and getting everything started.”
Glavine has asked his wife, Chris, and some close friends for advice.
“(Chris has) looked at it,” Glavine said. “Certainly I’ve asked her for her opinion and anything that she thought I could interject or any other stories we could think about. Aside from that, I’ve had a few close people in my circle take a peek at it. But other than some small suggestions, it’s all kind of what I want to say and where I want to go.”
Glavine, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, went 305-203 in his career. He was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time Cy Young winner and a World Series champion. He was also a five-time 20-game winner and is one of just 24 pitchers – and six southpaws – with at least 300 career wins.
Joining Glavine in the 2014 class are former teammate Greg Maddux and former manager Bobby Cox, as well as Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Frank Thomas.
In writing his speech, Glavine has enjoyed walked down memory lane. He’s also enjoyed being reminded of things he had forgotten about.
“Believe me, over the course of 20+ years, there’s a lot of great things that happen that I remember, and there’s a lot of great things that happen that I don’t quite remember,” he said. “I remember the big ones obviously, but for the most part, it’s the milestones or the big playoff-type games that you tend to remember.”
Glavine’s two fondest memories, perhaps, were his World Series-clinching start against Cleveland in 1995, and the night of his 300th win against the Cubs in 2007. When Glavine exited that game against Chicago, he got a standing ovation from everyone in attendance.
Why is that important? The game was at Wrigley Field.
“It was (special),” Glavine said. “You don’t get that. Cubs fans are great and they’re very knowledgable and they’re usually very hard on the opposing team and the opposing players. To get that (kind of response) – it certainly is a showing of respect. I think as players, we all want that. For me, to have that kid of reaction from the Cubs fans certainly was a huge show of respect for me and something I’m obviously extremely proud of. It’s not the kind of moment you experience very often, if ever, in your career. So it’s pretty special.”
John Feinstein, who spent part of the morning discussing Tony Dungy’s comments on Michael Sam, also asked Glavine for his thoughts on gay players in the locker room. While Glavine doesn’t know if he ever played with a gay teammate, he does think it would have been awkward if a player had come out – at least initially.
“It’s one of those things that, while that’s become much more acceptable in society – and rightly so – I think the whole locker room and the sports world is one of those barriers it hasn’t gone into yet as far as people know,” Glavine said. “I think everybody who’s been in the locker rooms or around sports will say, ‘Yeah, it’s there. It just hasn’t come out yet.’ So I think we’ve probably lived it without really knowing it, but obviously it’s like any other first in the world. When it first happens, there’s a period of getting used to it.”
“It is a media circus. That’s the part that’s hard to deal with.”