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SERIES LOSS STILL LEAVES A BAD TASTE

By Tom Glavine, ChopTalk

The memories of the post-season are obviously disappointing. We didn't do what we wanted to do. We're happy with the season and we're proud of the fact we won a franchise-record number of games. But losing in the playoffs is the taste you're left with.

I'm not one of these people who thinks because we didn't win the World Series we didn't have a successful year. I think we had a year to be proud of. It just didn't end the way we wanted it to. You're disappointed for that reason.

You have to accept it - as much as you don't like it- and realize you can't win every year. Somebody always has to be the loser. You deal with it and hopefully come back stronger and more determined.

I've thought about the Cy Young Award, mostly because people are asking me all the time, "When are you going to find out?" I'm not going to bed every night with that as the last thing on my mind and then waking up thinking about it.

Saying I'm pretty happy with my season is an understatement. I don't think there were too many times where I was unhappy about what I was doing. You have your occasional games where things don't go well, but for the most part, everything went the way I wanted it.

The first month of the season I wasn't as consistent as I wanted to be. My pitch count was too high. But even then, my results were good After that, I pretty much did the things I wanted to do most of the time. I got good run support and defense to go along with it. Things came together all year.

The difference between winning 14 games in 1997 and 20 this year is timing and luck I pitched well this year, but I got a lot of run support. There were games this year where I gave up one or two runs and won, whereas last year there were a lot of games I pitched the same way and got no decision.

You have to have help to go along with your pitching. That's why you'll hear a lot of pitchers, myself included, say you can't solely look at the results, because you don't always get the results you want, even if you're throwing the ball weII.

Last year, my goal in spring training was (improving) my breaking pitches, and I pretty much did that. I got to the point where I eliminated my curveball and went solely with my slider and that made it more effective.

I don't think I'm going to experiment with a whole lot (next spring). You're always trying to refine things a little. I might try and do some things differently, but not drastically. Now that my slider is an effective pitch, I might use it a little more next season.

I'm getting married in the off-season (Nov.14). That's the big news. Her name is Chris. She's from Rhode Island originally. She's lived here eight years, so we've known each other a long time.