By Joyce Mandelkern
Editor's Note: This is the first post to this blog by an author other than myself. Please welcome passionate Mets fan Joyce Mandelkern to this web site. - M.S.
Tom Glavine has a decision to make. He has known for quite some time now that he needs to make this decision. He has all the tools and information he needs to make this decision. He also knows that the Mets are giving him all the time he needs to make it. That is precisely the point I take issue with here.
Now I realize he and Mets had a gentleman's agreement of sorts that allowed for this sort of thing and I respect the Mets for standing by their handshake agreement in light of the fact that Tom did restructure his contract for them and allowed them to free up some money to help the club when they needed it. I also understand that we need pitchers. Pitchers who will pitch lots of innings for us. Pitchers who are willing to take the ball. Tom Glavine did just this when no one else could or would. And I thank him and respect him for this. I also remember that he spent a lot of time with the Mets whining about strike zones and QuesTec and even losing some games that he should've won and not doing what he was paid to do - win games and beat the Braves!
Perhaps I just can't get past the fact that he was a Brave and I feel that in his heart he always was a Brave and still wants to be a Brave. Even after what John Schuerholz said and did to him, Tom Glavine is still considering leaving us and becoming a Brave once again. He knows the Atlanta fans will be all over him. He knows he has a better chance to win with us and he still wants to go back to be a Brave.
Now I understand the family thing. I really do. However, this is a problem that every professional athlete faces. It is an occupational hazard. And they are well compensated to deal with it. His family could relocate to the New York area as many families of athletes do when they are traded here. It is an option. I think in his heart of hearts he may just want to be a Brave. And that is okay, but he must tell us and he must tell us soon.
And that is where I have a bone to pick with the Mets. I can only hope that they have given Glavine a date by which they must have his decision. The time has come. The facts are the facts and other than the numbers of the contract (and supposedly it's not the money) the facts won't change. The Braves do not give no-trade clauses. Omar has said Glavine's decision will not impact how he moves forward but I find that difficult to believe. I want Glavine to come back. The Mets need him to come back. However I only want him back if he wants to come back. At this point, what I really want is for Tom Glavine to make a decision or for the Mets to make Tom Glavine make a decision. Until either of those things happen, I will feel like Tom Glavine is taking advantage of the New York Mets.