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SHINING MOMENT FOR GLAVINE AT 40

By Erik Boland, Newsday

David Wright and Jose Reyes were happy for the obvious reasons. For Tom Glavine, it meant something deeper.

Six Mets, the most in franchise history, were selected yesterday for the All-Star Game on July 11 in Pittsburgh. Wright, Reyes, Paul Lo Duca and Carlos Beltran give the Mets four starters in the game for the first time since 1986.

Glavine and Pedro Martinez were named to the pitching staff by National League manager Phil Garner. Closer Billy Wagner would become the seventh Met All-Star should he win mlb.com's online poll.

Wright, 23, and Reyes, 22, are making their All-Star debuts and comprise the left side of the NL infield.

"I'm excited," said Reyes, who entered last night's game batting .291. "You have all these great players in the National League, so it's an honor and something I'll never forget."

"As a kid playing Little League, you always watch the All-Star Game," said Wright, who is hitting .325 with 18 home runs and 66 RBIs. "There's not too many young people who get that opportunity. It's a thrill."

It still is a thrill for Glavine, 40, selected for the 10th year. Glavine became only the sixth pitcher to make the All-Star team at least 10 times. Warren Spahn did it 14 times, followed by Tom Seaver (12) and Roger Clemens (11). Steve Carlton made 10 appearances, as has Randy Johnson.

Glavine (11-2, 3.34 ERA) said this year stands out as particularly special.

"It shows the old man can still pitch," he said, drawing a laugh from reporters. "That's what I've been trying to tell you guys, you know?"

Glavine, who last appeared in an All-Star Game in 2004, then became reflective.

"Some [years] are a little more satisfying than others," he said. "If you're coming off an off-year and you haven't made it in a given year or a given couple of years, and you're able to make it back, it is a little more satisfying.

"I guess it's satisfying for me after the way things went the first six or eight weeks of last year and all the changes I tried to make. It's nice to see it all came together."

Lo Duca will make his fourth straight appearance. He went last year with the Marlins and in 2003 and 2004 with the Dodgers.

"I'm excited, but I'm especially happy for David and Jose going for the first time," said Lo Duca, who is hitting .286. "And also for Tommy G. That's a Hall of Fame pitcher a lot of people wrote off. He's just the consummate professional."

Beltran (.283, 22 home runs, 62 RBIs) will make his third All-Star appearance overall and second straight as a Met.

Martinez (7-4, 3.45 ERA) made last year's team and, if his hip injury permits, will make his seventh appearance.