There were three significant milestones in baseball this weekend.
I covered the first one – Alex Rodriguez hitting his 500th home run. I ignored the second one and I happily watched the third one on television just now.
Tom Glavine is one of the good guys in baseball. He’s one of the great left-handers of all time but also a well-respected teammate and an eloquent spokesman for the game in times good and bad. Plus he likes the Patriots.
When the Mets were courting Glavine as a free agent, I was covering the story and learned that Glavine was being flown into the Westchester Airport on a private jet. I went over there, asked a few questions and learned where the plane would land.
It was a private hanger and only one other reporter figured it out – Tyler Kepner of the Times. We dodged security guys long enough to get the interview. Glavine was surprised we were waiting, but he spoke to us for a few minutes.
That spring, when Glavine became a Met, I quickly learned what a good guy he was with the media and talked to him every chance I could to learn about pitching. As a writer who had mostly covered college basketball to that point, it was a great experience. I know from talking to my buddies who cover the Mets now that Glavine hasn’t changed.
Glavine may be the last pitcher to win 300 games for a long time, especially with Randy Johnson having again had back surgery. It’s a great feat and congratulations to him.
Hard work paid off for Glavine and A-Rod and baseball should celebrate what they have done.
As for the other guy … well, two out of three ain’t bad.