By Steve Vogel
Editor's Note: This is Steve Vogel's first submission to this blog. - M.S.
Tom Glavine had a heck of a 2006 season. He pitched like the Tom Glavine we all thought we were getting when he signed with the lifeless Mets at the time. Fast forward to 2006, and our Mets are no longer lifeless and Glavine is a solid top of the rotation starter. We are full of energy, talent, and swagger. We are one of the best teams in baseball. There is even a debate to be made on whether we are the best team in New York. Glavine gave a tremendous effort this past post season and proved he could be a big game pitcher.
I was fortunate to have witnessed two very big games: Game 1 of the NLDS and Game 1 of the NLCS. During those 2 games, with Glavine on the mound, losing seemed impossible. He was just that good. I want Glavine back, but not like this. Many fans, including myself, have always felt as though he always regretted leaving Atlanta. I am a husband and a father, and I understand his concern for his family. However, Tom Glavine is a baseball player. He has the opportunity to go back to a team destined for the playoffs once again, a team that will give him a much better chance at winning the World Series, and retire with a team with one of the most loyal fan bases in the game and in the most exciting city in the world.
This should be an easy decision. The fact is, Glavine's heart has never left Atlanta, and New York will never have it, regardless of where he plays. We deserve his heart at this point, and if we can't have it, then I say, "Tom Glavine, go back home." "We don't need you." "We will be great without you." I'm passionate about my Mets, and I want passionate players. I take his silence very personal. He is being inconsiderate and disrespectful to an organization and city that has welcomed him from day one and we all deserve much better than this. Sure, Minaya can say that the front office will move forward even without a decision by Glavine, but how can they? They can't. If Glavine's going to leave us, then rip off the band aid and do it quick. Do it now so we have the best chance and the most time to acquire the best starting pitchers available to us. It's time to move on.