2009 NEWS

2009 NEWS > 6/25/09


By Joe McDonald, The Providence Journal
Original Article HERE.

WASHINGTON, D.C. _ While John Smoltz prepares to make his Red Sox regular-season debut against the Nationals Thursday night, his good friend and former longtime teammate is busy taking his kids to the movies and attending Little League games.

Tom Glavine and Smoltz spent 17 seasons pitching together for the Atlanta Braves and now the Billerica, Mass., native will watch his friend take the mound again.

"I'm happy for him. I know he's put in a lot of work over the winter, in terms of the rehab stuff. He's put in his work and he deserves this opportunity. I'm glad he's going to go out there and get it. I know how John operates, and if there's an inkling that anybody thinks he can't do something, he's going to do everything in his power to prove him wrong. You'll see the best of John in that regard and hopefully, with me being a Red Sox fan, he'll be healthy and add a lot to that team."

Because of his son's Little League practice Thursday night in Atlanta, Glavine is hoping to catch some of the game.

"I hope so. I'm looking forward to it. I'm just as anxious as anybody to see how John is health-wise, and what kind of stuff he brings out there on the mound. I know he'll bring a ton of competitiveness. Hopefully he has that lights-out stuff he's known so well for."

Like Smoltz, Glavine came to a similar crossroads in his career this season and after the Braves informed him he was not part of their plans, the veteran left-hander decided to step away from the game for the time being before making a decision on his future.

When Smoltz takes the mound, Glavine was asked if he'll get any motivation from it.

"There is. I think at the end of the day we all make our decisions for our own reasons," said Glavine. "Hey, motivation is never a bad thing and certainly when it's coming from, in this case, somebody I know so well and respect so much. It gets that competitiveness burning inside of you a little bit. It makes you say, 'Hey, I want to do that.' I wanted my opportunity to do that, but unfortunately I'm not going to get it."

Glavine admits he's still thinking about his baseball future.

"At the end of the day I have to make the decision that works best for me and my family," he said. "I'll try not to get influenced by whatever John is able to do."

For now, he's off to Little League practice.