Quotes > 2006

"We affect people with our actions and with our words. I like to be in a position of helping people. I find it very humbling that, simply by playing baseball, I'm in a position to help so many people. I never take that for granted."
--Glavine upon accepting the 2006 Bart Giamatti award for compassion at the B.A.T. Dinner

"On a scale of one to 10, if last year's optimism was a five or a six, this year we're looking in the eight, nine or 10 range, for sure."
--Glavine on the Mets optimism heading into Spring Training

"Last year we were optimistic that we were going to be a better team and that we were going to be able to compete. We were going to have to have some things go right for us to get to the playoffs, or to win our division. In the end, we were the competitive team we thought we were going to be. This year it's more than that we're not going to be happy with being a competitive team. We want to be a team that wins, wins our division, gets in the postseason and ultimately wins the World Series"
--Glavine on the Mets optimism heading into Spring Training

"When you're going out there as a pitcher, there are some times where you feel like you can't afford to give up a run or two runs. That carries a lot of pressure. With the way we're set up right now, you don't figure that to be the case. You figure that these guys are going to score some runs, they're going to play defense and we know we've got a great bullpen coming in behind us."
--Glavine on the 2006 New York Mets

"This year, I think we're a better team right now than we were a year ago, so that leads you to believe it should translate into being a legitimate playoff contender."
--Glavine on the revamped Mets team

"It's just a number. In many respects, I feel as good as I have in a long time. I'm excited about it. I feel like I can do what I want to do. I'm certainly not thinking about going through a whole season without any bumps. I feel a lot better about my game plan now, having done what I did in the second half last year. I feel like I have a whole lot more options than I did in the first half of last year. That's fun."
--Glavine on turning 40, as he will on March 25

"Unless my arm falls off, I'm not planning on getting this close to 300 wins and shutting it down."
--Glavine on winning 300 games (he needs 25 more)

"For me, right now, it's all about this year. I have no idea what's going to happen next year. And I'm not concerned about next year."
--Glavine on his future

"I'm not going to deny that conversation took place, but it was a business situation between me and them and that's how it should remain."
--Glavine on John Schuerholz's new book, which claims that he tried to strike a deal with the Braves due to family concerns in the days after agreeing to terms with the Mets before the 2003 season.

"I've never denied it was extremely hard for me to leave Atlanta, and 99% of that stems from my family. But I've always said I've enjoyed my time in New York ... and standing here today, I can say I made the right decision."
--Glavine on leaving the Braves for the Mets after the 2002 season.

"Everybody here is capable, and I trust anybody to do it. Especially that old goat that's beside my locker."
"'Preciate it, Pete."
--Pedro Martinez on Glavine pitching Opening Day in place of him, and Tom's response.

"There was a time when I thought (40) was old. Now I don't think it's so old. It's more about how I feel and I feel great. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that 20 years ago (I thought) I'd still be here. I've been fortunate in a lot of ways, and I've put in a lot of hard work to stay healthy and to keep going. It's something that I've been proud of to pitch this long and stay healthy the way that I have. I keep my fingers crossed that I can continue to do it for a little while longer."
--Glavine on turning 40 Mar. 25th

“Glavine's sequences are totally unpredictable. When he can throw strikes at different speeds to both sides of the plate, it's pretty tough. When you're making speed and location adjustments to both sides, it's outstanding."
--Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson on adjustments Tom Glavine has made on the mound.

"I made a lot of adjustments, and it started to come together in the second half. I felt real comfortable, and it's a continuation of that. Going out on the mound now, it's a lot of fun because there's a bunch of different ways I can go to get guys out. I haven't had that feeling a whole lot, so it's good."
-- Glavine after his no decision to the Marlins April 9th, where he gave up two runs in six innings.

“Striking out all of those guys is a lot of work. That's just not my game. That's three games worth of strikeouts for me, but it's fun."
--Tom Glavine on striking out 11 Milwaukee Brewers batters in six innings April 14th.

“I think Tommy is better than he ever was. I really mean that. He throws inside now and you just can't hit him."
--Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox on Tom Glavine.

"I got away with a lot of stuff. That's the nature of the game. Last time (against Atlanta) I didn't make many mistakes and I got beat. Tonight, I made a lot of mistakes and I didn't get beat."
-- Tom Glavine on his 1-0 win over the Braves April 29th.

"He was terrific, outstanding. He rises to the occasion. Tommy was superb."
-- Mets Manager Willie Randolph on Glavine's 1-0 win over the Braves (April 29th)

"It's nice, don't get me wrong, but I don't think anybody in here is getting too caught up in it. Regardless of what happens (Sunday), nobody in here thinks that team is going away ... You don't want to get too far ahead of yourself. It's just a good first month of the year."
-- Tom Glavine on the Mets being seven games in front of the Braves

"He's a great team leader, on the field and in the clubhouse. We've been shortchanging him in our support, so it was good to get him some runs."
-- David Wright on the Mets scoring five runs in the 7th, leading to Tom Glavine's 6-0 win over the Pirates. (May 4)

"We've seen times when he's pitched brilliant, and we haven't given him the support. When I hit that homerun, (pitching coach) Rick Peterson said that he (Glavine) finally had his first smile of the night. He kept us in this ballgame, and he does a great job."
-- Xavier Nady on Tom Glavine (May 4)

"My first year here, we were just hoping to win some games. I was probably pitching more to avoid losing games than I was to win games. Last year, it got better when we were on some rolls some times when we were taking the field to win. But to get to that next level, you've got to do that every day. And right now, the way we're playing, we're taking the field every day expecting to win. As a starting pitcher, that's a nice feeling."
-- Tom Glavine

"These guys know how to pitch. They know they probably don't throw as hard as everybody else in the league, but they win a lot of games every year, more than anybody else who throws 95 (miles an hour) plus. They've been doing it forever and the one thing about those guys is they don't make a mistake. And if they do make it and you miss it, you won't see it again. They only make one mistake a game, compared to other guys who make two or three every at-bat."
-- Albert Pujols on Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux

"He is more of a pitcher now than he was probably in his prime. He was just fastball-changeup, and that's why I admired him so much to be able to do the job he was doing for so long and so consistently with just a fastball and changeup. And pitching away, away, away and that was primarily it. Now he pitches in and out, he back-doors, he throws a breaking ball. He's changed a great deal from last year. He's the master at pitching and his mind is way above his game. That's what makes him so special. He's so smart. ... Think about making such a turnaround as a pitcher."
--Pedro Martinez on Tom Glavine

"It's much harder now for a batter to stand in the batter's box and know what I'm going to do. Before, they knew what I was going to do and, like I said for many years, I didn't care that they knew. 'Fine, you know what I'm doing and I know what I'm doing and I'm going to do it better than you're going to do what you're going to do.' And it worked. But the older you get and the game has changed -- the strike zone and all that stuff. Those are things I have to make adjustments to. It took me a while to come to the realization that I needed to make those adjustments. It also takes a while to become comfortable making them."
--Tom Glavine

"It was a battle for me tonight. It was probably as mentally tough a game as I've had to pitch all year long. We made plays when we had to, and guys picked me up with one big inning. And those are games that for me, personally, are very gratifying to win."
--Tom after his victory over the Yankes May 21st. (Tom went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs)

"It was one of those Houdini nights. But somebody once said, good things don't come easy."
--Tom after his victory over the Yankees May 21st. (Tom went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs)

"What about Tommy Glavine? Reminds me of the (1996) World Series against the Braves back in the day. He's still doing the same thing - hitting his spots. He's been tremendous. He knows how to work out of jams. He never gives into you, makes pitches when he has to."
--Mets Manager Willie Randolph on Tom's win against the Yankees (May 21)

"He's cunning. He can thread a ball into the eye of a needle."
--Yankees Manager Joe Torre on Tom Glavine.

"We as players try to downplay it, because to a degree, you have to. There's so much hype that goes into this thing and it really is so early in the year. But there's nothing like it. I was thinking, going out there for my second at-bat, standing in the on-deck circle, looking around, seeing how loud it was, I mean, for May? That's pretty spectacular. You don't get that this time of the season. You get that in the playoffs sometimes. And I guess that's what it's about. The fans have a great time with it."
--Tom Glavine on the Subway Series

"He looks forward to going in and looking at film and preparing for a game. He looks forward to talking about the game plan. That's why I have the utmost respect for Tommy. He's not only a Hall of Fame pitcher; he's a Hall of Fame person."
--Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson on Tom Glavine

"I'm just not locating. It's me. I'd like to believe it's a full moon or biorhythms or something like that. But I'm just not making pitches and I'm not making enough good decisions right now."
--Tom Glavine after the June 13th game against the Phillies. Glavine has given up seven homers in his last two starts, and been tagged for 10 runs in his last 9 2/3 innings.

"For the most part when I made mistakes I was down (with the ball). The last couple of games when I made mistakes everything's been up. Gave up a lot of fly balls and home runs. I was a little better today. But I'm still not where I want to be. I'm not making pitches I want to make right now when I'm ahead in the count. And that's something I have to continue to try and get the feel back for."
--Tom Glavine after the June 18th game against the Baltimore Orioles, where he went six innings, allowing nine hits and four runs while striking out six, improving his record to 10-2 on the season.

"Glavine can carve you up. He has 11 wins now and he'll have 300 wins before it's all done."
--Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons after Glavine pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 run in defeating the Blue Jays 6-1 June 23rd.

"It wasn't meant to be. It's not like the fact that I never got to play for these guys will ever dampen my experience in major league baseball. This is one of those things for me like playing hockey; I wonder what it would have been like. It's probably something I will never experience, which is OK."
--Tom Glavine when asked if it's a void to have never played for the Red Sox (after growing up a Boston fan in Massachusetts)

"In terms of making you work, making you throw pitches, fight pitches off, yeah. They did a real good job, like I said, of making me throw a bunch of pitches every batter. It was the type of game where personally I did not have that feel (of the number of pitches he was throwing). I felt like I was throwing a lot of strikes and obviously getting a lot of ground balls. And typically in those types of games, you don't expect your pitch count to get up there."
-- Tom Glavine on facing the Red Sox lineup June 29th (He went 5+ innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in a No Decision)

"I thought I threw well. A lot of ground balls and one bad pitch to Loretta. I was happy with the way I threw the ball. For my part, I just wanted to give my team a chance to win the game. I wish I could have gone deeper."
-- Tom Glavine on his June 29th start against the Red Sox (He went 5+ innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs in a No Decision)

"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."
--Tom Glavine, on being selected to the 2006 All-Star Game, the 10th selection of his career.

"If you had told us in Spring Training this is where we'd be at the break we all would have signed on. But it doesn't mean anything yet. We have to come back and finish what we've started, do the same thing in the second half. We've been grinding pretty good. It wears you down. Now it's time to recharge our batteries."
--Tom Glavine on the Mets first-half success.

"I felt good. In my last couple of games, I just seem to have that one inning or two innings that become difficult, become the turning point in the game for me. It's not like the third time through the lineup I'm getting hammered. There's a ground ball, a bloop hit, and things get going."
--Tom Glavine after the Mets 4-2 win over the Reds July 20th. (Tom went 6 1/3, giving up 2 runs - leaving with a no decision)

"I didn't hit, I didn't pitch and I didn't field. That pretty much sums it up. It was one of those nights."
--Tom Glavine after the Met's 8-6 loss to the Cubs July 25th. (Tom went 6.1 innings, giving up 8 runs - 5 earned, dropping to 11-4 on the season)

"I'm not that far off. It's just that I'm getting in some situations where I'm not making pitches that I want when I have a chance to put guys away. Or, I'm not making pitches when I want to when there's guys in scoring position. Most of it is probably mental - feeling comfortable again and trying to make the pitches I want to make. My side sessions are good. My warmups are good. I get in the game and I'm either putting too much pressure on myself or trying too hard to be perfect."
--Tom Glavine after the Mets 10-6 win over the Braves July 30th. (Tom went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs)

"It's big mentally. I know what's going on, I know I haven't won in a while. The longer it goes, the more I hear about it. And as much as you try to block it out, we're human. You start hearing that stuff and it gets in your head a little bit. So, it's nice to put that streak behind me, but I'm not going to sit here and say I'm locked in. I've gotta keep working to get back to where I was in the first half of the year when everything was automatic."
--Tom Glavine after picking up his 12th win of the season in a 4-3 Mets win over the Phillies (8/5). Tom went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs.

"Whatever [virus] Julio [Franco] had in Florida, he gave to everybody here and I felt like crap. That probably was good for me because it was one of those days where I just tried to stay within myself, keep pitches to a minimum."
--Tom Glavine, after his 4-3 win over the Phillies August 5th.

More than anything, my problem is not staying within my delivery long enough, flying out because I am either trying too hard to hit a spot or trying to throw too hard. That gets you in between. I tried to use my curveball and slider more today because I had better command of my sinker and changeup. When I get behind with my sinker and change. I'm not as confident coming back with other stuff."
--Tom Glavine, after his 4-3 win over the Phillies August 5th.

"I have never gone through a season where I haven't struggled at some point. At least this year, I know what I'm doing. Last year [before his mid-season turnaround], I had no idea."
--Tom Glavine, after his 4-3 win over the Phillies August 5th.

"I felt strong, with good stuff, but I felt I harnessed it more. I'm just trying to get a feel back, a consistent tempo on the mound. I felt strong, I felt my tempo and mechanics were more in control.
--Tom Glavine, after pitching 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 7 in the Mets 2-1 loss to the Nationals Aug. 11th.

I don't really care about pitch counts. It's so much more about how I feel physically. I'm not saying I want to go out there and throw 150, but physically, I felt fantastic."
--Tom Glavine, after throwing a season-high 123 pitches in the Mets 2-1 loss to the Nationals Aug. 11th.

I felt good about how I threw, but losing stinks, bottom line. But especially when you pitch well and lose a game like that, it's never good. But, I'm happy with the way I threw the ball last time out and I felt like tonight was even better, closer to where I want to be, and I had a much better feel on everything. So from that standpoint, it was a positive step forward, but a bad result."
--Tom Glavine, after pitching 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, walking 1 and striking out 7 in the Mets 2-1 loss to the Nationals Aug. 11th.

"Tonight was a continuation of the last two and a game that quite honestly you win most of the time. I can't be a whole lot more pleased about how I feel physically and how I think I've thrown the last three games. The results weren't great, but tonight more than anything else, we needed innings and I'm happy that I was able to give the bullpen a break."
--Tom Glavine, after going 7 innings and giving up 3 runs in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies (Aug. 16)

"You get scared. You start wondering about the rest of your career, if there's going to be one. I had a wonderful career, and I've stayed healthy for the most part. I've envisioned my retirement, but I never envisioned it through an injury. So from that standpoint, it's uneasy. It's strange, too, because I sit here and I feel fine. Everything feels great. I don't have any pain anywhere or anything like that. It's just I have this something going on inside my shoulder that needs to be looked at."
--Tom Glavine at a press conference Aug. 20th discussing the possibility of having a blood clot or "knot" in an artery in his left shoulder.

"The possibilities go from doing an angiogram and seeing that this is just an isolated incident -- I don't have a problem, that I could be pitching by the weekend -- to I have to have surgery and I could be done for the year. I'm hoping for the best but certainly am prepared and understand what the worst is."
--Tom Glavine at a press conference Aug. 20th discussing the possibility of having a blood clot or "knot" in an artery in his left shoulder.

"I've talked to every doctor, asked a thousand questions, and I guess they're all trying to be honest with me and give me a range of the possibilities."
--Tom Glavine at a press conference Aug. 20th to discuss the possibility that he has a blood clot or "knot" in an artery in his left shoulder.

"I'm relieved. There's still a little bit of anxiety from going through what I went through the last few days, and the uncertainty of it. It's certainly a great feeling, knowing I can go out there and continue to pitch and get back on the field as soon as I can. From that standpoint, it's great. Hopefully, from here on out, there'll be no more problems."
-- Tom Glavine on Aug. 22nd, upon finding out that his circulatory condition, which caused coldness in his left ring finger, will not require surgery. He will rejoin the staff in approx. 7 to 10 days.

"There's a little bit of damage from the years that causes, at times, a little bit of buildup in the artery. Every once in a while, you get what they call a 'freckling' effect where those things break off a bit and trickle down your arm. If something gets lodged and disrupts something, then I get the symptoms I had with the finger. My understanding is that this is something I've had for a long, long time, I've lived with and my body has adapted to. I just have, for whatever reason, periodic instances where I get the symptoms I had the other day. ... Surgery is a long rehab and obviously not something I would want to go through as a player."
-- Tom Glavine on Aug. 22nd, upon finding out that his circulatory condition, which caused coldness in his left ring finger, will not require surgery. He will rejoin the staff in approx. 7 to 10 days.

"It was a little bit of a relief to get out there. I was anxious to get back out there. I was a little nervous in that first inning. It's been a long time since I've had any time like that off - and certainly, due to somewhat of an injury, there was a little bit of wanting to get back out there and clear your mind and make sure everything is fine.... Everything felt good, and everything feels good now."
-- Tom Glavine after his Sept. 1 start against the Astros (5 IP, 6 R, 5K), his first start in 16 days due to coldness in his left ring finger.

"Everything that went right in the first three innings didn't in the fourth. The first few innings, I had low expectations, because I hadn't been out there. I was just trying to get by with what I had. When I got in trouble, I started to try to make nasty pitches. I guess I reverted back a little to the old game plan of 'Away, away, away.' I'd been pretty effective throwing inside until the fourth."
--Tom Glavine, after his Sept. 1 start against the Astros. After throwing three shutout innings, he gave up five runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth.

"We're pitching well, we're hitting well, we're playing good defense. For a team that has a nice comfortable lead, it's nice to see the guys go out there and continue to play the game the right way. What we're doing right now, that combination of three things, is what you need to do to win in the postseason."
-- Tom Glavine after the Mets 7-0 win over the Dodgers Sept. 7th. Glavine pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out five and allowing 5 hits and 0 walks in his second start back after being sidelined with coldness in his left ring finger.

"It's hard to put it into words or into emotions, but this is what I came here for ... because I thought in the period of time that I was going to still be playing we would have a chance to do this. And here we are."
--Tom Glavine after the Mets clinched the East Division Sept. 18th

"This is the reason I came here. Of my options after I left Atlanta, I felt this organization had the chance to do this. Yeah, it's taken a little bit longer and we've gotten in a few car accidents along the way, but it's all worthwhile, believe me. This is what it's all about."
--Tom Glavine after the Mets clinched the East Division Sept. 18th.

"Obviously it's the kind of thing he's willing to take to that extreme. Either you can do it or you can't. I can't. Me? I'm going to have a cheeseburger or a steak."
--Tom Glavine on Julio Franco's healthy eating habits, which include avoiding fats or starches and drinking things such as wheat grass juice.

"The countdown has begun."
--Tom Glavine, after notching career victory No. 290 Sept. 30 against the Nationals. He needs 10 more wins to reach 300.

"I think his poise and his demeanor really help this team. I think when guys come in and see him sitting around on the couch in here, joking around and giving guys a hard time, that rubs off. They see what a big-game pitcher looks like. He's able to go out and relax and enjoy the moment."
--Mets closer Billy Wagner on Tom Glavine.

"For him to go out there and do what he did tonight, I think that was a statement -- a statement that even though some of our big guys on the mound are hurting, we can still win, and we still have pretty good pitching." --David Wright on Tom Glavine's 6 shutout innings against the Dodgers in Game Two of the NLDS Oct. 5th. "He's a big-money pitcher, a big-game pitcher. he was superb as usual. Tommy stepped up again for us -- big time."
--Mets Manager Willie Randolph on Tom Glavine's 6 shutout innings against the Dodgers in Game Two of the NLDS Oct. 5th.

"I think honestly, today, tonight was probably the most relaxed I've been all year long. I don't know why. You know, I was pretty nervous and anxious about it all day long. I was anxious driving in today with Wags. For some reason, once I got to the ballpark and got in the clubhouse, everything just kind of fell into place, and I felt extremely relaxed when I got out there on the field."
--Tom Glavine, on his nerves coming into his Game Two start in the NLDS Oct. 5th

"Tom's done so much. Tom doesn't have to stoop to tell people how good he is. His numbers speak for themselves. With 290 wins for somebody that has been in the league as long as he has is pretty self-explanatory."
--Mets closer Billy Wagner on Tom Glavine's decision not to address Albert Pujols' comments following Tom's Game 1 start in the NLCS (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R). Pujols said Tom was "not good; not good at all."

"He's the most professional guy I've ever met."
-- Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca on Tom Glavine.

"Tommy's stature is much bigger than Pujols'. He's [got] a Hall of Fame induction coming. Albert doesn't. Albert's a great player, but you just don't know about tomorrow. In this clubhouse, Tommy is the epitome of class and great leadership. He leads by what he does in the field; he doesn't lead by what he says in the media."
--Mets closer Billy Wagner on Tom Glavine.

"I guess my feeling is I want to make a decision as quickly as I can. Obviously, I certainly have an interest in going back to the Mets and I certainly have an interest in exploring what's going on here in Atlanta, but I really can't do much on that end until after the 20th (of November), when, by all assumptions, the Mets are going to decline my option, which I expect them to and then go from there. But I certainly don't plan on dragging anything out longer than I need to or want to."
--Tom Glavine on his free agency

"I can't tell you how good it makes me feel that they gave me the respect they gave me and the time they gave. I don't care what you do in life, there's a value to feeling you're appreciated and wanted somewhere. The Mets certainly made me feel that way and treated me that way. I'm not saying the Braves didn't have an interest in me. They said they did. But, in the end, nothing ever materialized."
--Tom Glavine on re-signing with the Mets (12/1)

"I told our 7-year-old that we're coming back to New York, and he just about jumped out of his seat."
--Tom Glavine on re-signing with the Mets (12/1)

"I wrestled with it. I think that everybody who knows me knows how important my family is to me and knows how much strain it is on my family for me to be in New York. After four years, it's grown on me. I like the city. I like the fans. I love the organization. They treated me with the utmost respect and that pull to come back to New York was a very strong pull. In the end, it's where we felt like we needed to be, and where we wanted to be."
--Tom Glavine on his decision to stay with the Mets (12/1)

"When I got home and I'm in my own house and I'm in the routine and I'm going to my little guy's Little League games and going to my daughter's softball games and going to the hockey games that my kids are playing on and getting out there coaching my 12-year-old's team, it's real easy to be like: Boy, life is so much easier with me here and I get to do all this stuff. But in the end, it's generally not as glamorous as you portray it to be. You're still on the road a lot. You're still traveling a lot. You're still at the ballpark a lot."
--Tom Glavine on his decision to stay with the Mets (12/1)

"In order to win 20 games nowadays, you have to have so many things go right. You can't have stretches of times like I had where you go three or four weeks between wins or four to six weeks when you only get a couple wins. You have to be steady and win games. If you get thrown off that consistency at all, it becomes difficult to win 10 after the All-Star Game."
--Tom Glavine on the lack of 20-game winners in baseball during the 2006 season

"You get in the second half of the season, and to have even a chance to win 20, you know you have to win X number of games out of X number of starts. That starts playing on you. You start putting pressure on yourself mentally to get there."
--Tom Glavine, on the difficulty of winning 20-games in a season