Quotes > 2008

"I've always liked how he plays. I think he plays a really good center field. He's a tough hitter. He's not a guy who is going to get himself out too often. Obviously, a big factor for him is his health. If he's healthy and the back isn't an issue for him, I think people are going to like the way he plays."
--Tom Glavine on new Braves acquisition Mark Kotsay

"Let's be honest, nobody is going to fill Andruw's shoes. I think you can have somebody go out there play a good center field and be an asset to your team. I'm not saying that those two younger guys (Josh Anderson and Jordan Schafer) wouldn't or won't some time during the year. But I think in a transition year, when you're going from arguably one of - if not the - greatest center fielder of all time, it will be nice to have a veteran guy out there because you know that he can deal with [the pressure]."
--Tom Glavine on new Braves acquisition Mark Kotsay

"Any of them that get outs."
--Tom Glavine, when asked by children at Fan Fest what his favorite pitch is

"The Thrashers seem to be very popular among the kids here It seems to be the kind of thing that is viable. I think it’s going to continue to grow. Atlanta is such a transient city. You have so many people here from the Northeast, you’re getting a lot of people here from the Midwest, and all those people have hockey backgrounds. I think with the influx of people coming here who grew up with hockey – and their kids want to play hockey – I think that’s only going to help to continue to grow the interest in the Thrashers. It’s going to continue to grow the youth programs around here. When they become stable and popular, then I think the interest in hockey is always going to be there. Much of it starts with getting the kids interested and getting them to understand it."
--Tom Glavine on hockey in Atlanta

"I think about it quite a bit. Before, I think it was whenever I would go to a (hockey) game. You’d watch the game and you’d see what was going on, and you kind of try to evaluate what I would have done or how I would have matured and whether or not I would have made it. I think now with my kids playing, me getting on the ice a little bit more, I kind of wonder a little bit more what would have happened, but I certainly don’t have any regrets or second thoughts about my decision. I think I made the right one. But I miss playing the game, and I’ll always wonder what would have happened.”
--Tom Glavine on his decision to play baseball instead of hockey

"My parents always taught me to have perspective, to recognize where parts of your life really fit in the overall picture. When you become a parent, you see things differently. The health and welfare of your family comes first. Maybe I wasn't prepared to hear that word -- devastated. As disappointed as I was, I didn't think about devastation, not because of a baseball game.

"My son has a friend who's going to lose his leg to cancer. That is devastation. That was an awful game, a terrible outcome for us. But it wasn't life and death. What I said -- how I answered that question after the game -- was a reflection of how I was raised, that the game is fun and important and sometimes disappointing. But there is a point where your disappointment ends.

"We lost that game, and I wish we'd won. I know a lot of people were disappointed by how it turned out. I'm not happy they're disappointed. But anyone who thinks I took it lightly or questioned my desire to win knows nothing about me."
--Tom Glavine on saying he was disappointed, not devastated, following the Mets' final game of the season last year.

"This certainly evens the balance within the division. I don't think this makes [the Mets] the class of the division. I think it puts them in a position where their rotation is much better and that was their biggest need. Within the division, I think you have three teams that can now not only win the division, but also the World Series. I think all three teams did a nice job of filling their biggest needs."
--Tom Glavine on the Mets' acquiring Johan Santana

"I'm not just playing to play. I'm playing because I think this team has a chance to win. They had a chance to win last year. They had a great team and a great offense. They just had some things go wrong with the pitching staff that caught up with them over the course of the year."
--Tom Glavine on the Braves.

"Glav can still pitch. I think having him will help turn the corner for some guys like Chuck James and Jo-Jo Reyes, a couple of lefties who are young and haven't quite mastered what Tom Glavine has mastered."
--Chipper Jones on Glavine

"It's a different feeling going to spring training, because when I was going to New York, I looked forward to the season, but in the back of my mind I knew I was leaving for nine months. And that was always the bittersweet side of the excitement of each new season. Now, knowing that after six weeks of spring training I'm coming back home, it has a different feel to it."
--Tom Glavine on going to Spring Training as a Brave

"He was a pretty good teacher and he was a good guy to go talk to about pitching. You can ask him a question and he'll sit there and tell you until it gets through to you. I'm going to miss him. He helped me out a lot. He was a good teacher and he was good in the clubhouse."
--Mets' John Maine on Tom Glavine

"Ah, you know how it is. All the old guys get here early. We need to make sure we wake up."
-- Tom Glavine on arriving at Spring Training at 7 a.m.

"I didn't really look at it initially as, 'Man, that was my last start in New York, and that's not the way I wanted to go out of there,' because I really didn't know what I was going to do until a month into the offseason But now, looking back on it, of course I'm disappointed that that was the last start that I had there and that was the way that I went out. But that's the difficult side of baseball sometimes ... having to deal with that kind of frustration and disappointment. But it's how you deal with those disappointments and move forward that matters the most. And certainly I'm trying to move past that. They [the Mets] have moved past that. And that's the beauty of spring training every year. You kind of wipe the slate clean and start over again."
-- Tom Glavine, on his final start with the Mets

"He keeps telling me how bad his [golf] game is. But I think he's trying to suck me into a bet."
-- Tom Glavine on John Smoltz

"Up until that point, I was kind of like, OK, just go out there and pitch. Don't worry about it. Just get your feet under you. When I got the nice ovation, I was like, all right, now I want to go out there and do a little bit better than just getting comfortable."
--Tom Glavine on getting a loud ovation from the crowd before his first spring training start Mar. 1

"He's still a master craftsman. He can carve guys up anytime he wants. It's pretty incredible watching him get people out. I'm glad I don't have to bat against him anymore. It's always a frustrating AB."
--Chipper Jones on Tom Glavine

"Opening Day is always a fun time, especially your home opener. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully it's a good thing, mentally and emotionally - two less days I have to sit around and think about it."
--Tom Glavine, on getting the nod in the Braves home opener.

"I'm not naive enough to think everybody in Atlanta is going to be thrilled I'm back. I think there are three schools of people - some who don't like me no matter what, some who like me no matter what, and those in the middle."
--Tom Glavine on the fans

"The emotional ties that I had there are much greater, I think, than people give it credit for. Because of that, it's going to be different, but it's not going to be like that first time I faced the Braves after being here for 16 years, and felt like everybody on the team and in the ballpark knew everything I was doing. It won't be that extreme, but it'll be close."
--Tom Glavine on pitching against the Mets

Look, I'm pretty good about leaving things at the ballpark. But I didn't leave that at the ballpark. That got on the plane with me and went home with me and was with me for a good week after the season. There aren't too many games that I lose sleep over three or four nights later. I might lose sleep that night, but that bothered me. It bothered me because of what it meant to that team. It bothered me because of what it meant to me individually. It bothered me knowing that was going to be the last image of the end of that season. It was all of those things. It couldn't have bothered me any more than it did."
--Tom Glavine on his final start for the Mets in 2007

"As soon as I landed, I felt it. I don't know if I'd describe it as having popped or anything. But it definitely grabbed, or it kind of rolled on me. So I knew right away that it didn't feel right. I tried to walk around and stretch it out. It seemed like the more I tried to stretch it out, [the more] it hurt."
-- Tom Glavine on straining his hamstring against the Nationals April 13th

"I certainly would love to keep that streak alive, and not just from the standpoint of not wanting to be on the DL. I'm hoping that -- best-case scenario -- five days from now, I'm back out there, and I'm ready to go. If not, worst-case scenario, maybe it's seven or eight days. I'm not going to push to stay off the DL for my own personal reasons and put our team in jeopardy. When you do what I did today and come out of the game in the first inning, it's taxing on the bullpen, and thank God we have an off-day tomorrow so that everybody can recover."
-- Tom Glavine on straining his hamstring against the Nationals April 13th

"Having never been on the DL or dealt with stuff like this, you kind of want to be the guy who provides the steadying force. I still hope I'll be able to get out there Saturday and do that."
--Tom Glavine, remaining hopeful that he'll be able to make his next start on Saturday, April 19, after suffering a strained hamstring.

"If I could give myself a novacaine shot in the hamstring and go out and pitch, I'd do it. But it's not that kind of thing."
--Tom Glavine on being placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

The streak has come to an end. I've been on the DL, what, two hours? I hate it. I feel like I've let down everyone."
--Tom Glavine on being placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

"He's a warrior. He was going to try it. We were the ones who stopped it."
--Bobby Cox on Tom Glavine being placed on the DL

"When [director of media relations] Brad [Hainje] told me they wanted me to do the speech, I thought they wanted the smartest and most articulate player to do it. But when I found out Smoltzie did it last year, that blew that out of the water."
--Tom Glavine, joking about good friend John Smoltz during the Braves' Lead-Off Luncheon.

"[Smoltz] hasn't helped me much [in getting used to being on the DL]. He has been on the DL so much, you've heard the phrase 'So frustrated you want to pull your hair out?' That must be what happened to Smoltzie."
--Tom Glavine, joking about good friend John Smoltz during the Braves' Lead-Off Luncheon.

“I think sometimes we’ve gotten to the point in society where we like to throw words around so much that we — you know, the words no longer mean what they’re supposed to mean,” he said. “We’re quick nowadays to use the word ‘devastation.’ And, you know, again, was that the right time for me to try and make that point? Probably not.”
--Tom Glavine talking about his "not devastated" comments from the end of last season.

"I got a cup of coffee and walked around. Nobody threw anything at me - that was a positive."
--Tom Glavine when asked what he did on his first day back in New York (for the opener of the Braves-Mets series April 25)

"I had a few people come up to me and just say, you know, 'Hey, Sorry about the way that last game went. Appreciate what you brought to the Mets, what you brought to the team.' And I think that's, you know, that's all you can ask for."
--Tom Glavine on walking around Manhattan before the Braves-Mets game April 25

"That's what I heard. Yoga and a personal trainer this winter. What's with the personal trainer? He or she went to Burger King and got the Whopper for him?"
--Tom Glavine joking about Greg Maddux's offseason workouts.

"Well, you know, you can't pull fat."
-- Tom Glavine, joking about his "little bit of a gut."

"Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I'd go 17 up and 17 down after that first inning. They could have easily scored five runs in that inning."
--Tom Glavine on his 6-1 win over the Mets May 20th (He got out of a bases loaded one-out jam in the first and allowed no other base runners through 6 innings)

"He's extremely creative and he changes speeds. It just goes to show you that you don't have to have overpowering stuff or throw 90 mph to win baseball games. He's been doing it his whole career, and it's a frustrating at-bat because he never gives in and gets you to chase pitches that are borderline balls and strikes."
--Mets third baseman David Wright on Tom Glavine

"It was sore since then (about a month ago) and it's not getting any better. Previously it was mostly between starts and a little bit as the game would go on, I would get a little bit stiff. But the last two games, it's been pretty much every pitch I throw."
--Tom Glavine on his strained left elbow, which landed him on the disabled list for the second time this season (June 10th)

"I've been trying to battle through it and fight through it. But eventually it just comes to a point where I'm not helping us. As much as I want to fight through it, tonight was just a point where enough was enough."
--Tom Glavine on his elbow injury.

"It concerns me because it's not getting any better and it's not allowing me to do what I want to do all of the time. When I throw the ball the way I want, it hurts. When I try to find a slot so that it doesn't hurt, I can't throw it where I want to. So, I'm kind of beating my head against the wall."
--Tom Glavine on his elbow injury

"I feel somewhat at peace because I knew something was wrong. I was pitching through pain for a month, and it wasn't getting better. I've always felt like I could get through this kind of thing. That's why this gives me some peace in knowing that what I was feeling was real."
--Tom Glavine on MRI results that revealed a small tear in his flexor tendon

"A tear of the tendon isn't anything to sneeze at either. But it's not as bad as a tear of the ligament. That's something that's career-ending. This might just set me back a few weeks or a month and allows me to pitch the second half of this year, and if I choose, also to have a chance to pitch next year, too."
--Tom Glavine on his flexor tendon tear

"Regardless of how much you prepare yourself for it, you're always surprised. Skip, of late, seemed to be doing a lot better. His immediate future was off of everybody's minds. It's a surprise, a shock."
-Tom Glavine on the death of Skip Caray.

"We were able to joke around with one another, laugh at one another and we also had a mutual respect for one another. I'll miss that, seeing him around the game, taking a jab or two."
--Tom Glavine on the death of Skip Caray.

"For so long, he was what people associated with the Atlanta Braves. Turn on TBS, and there was Skip. Good times, bad times, that was the constant. The voice people identify the Braves with is Skip Caray. That's going to be missed. Not only are the Braves losing somebody special from their organization, baseball is too."
--Tom Glavine on the death of Skip Caray.

"All the discussions I've had, and the MRI I had before, were that it's my flexor tendon. The soreness that I have now is the same soreness I had then. You can pinpoint a needlehead as to where the pain is, and it just puts me through the roof when you touch it, so it's very similar in that regard. There's been some discussions about what my ligament might look like, but I think there's a very low percentage that there might be something wrong with my ligament. And if there was, honestly, I'd leave it alone and I'd be done. I wouldn't come back from that kind of surgery now. I'd fix the flexor tendon and leave the ligament alone and live the rest of my life."
--Tom Glavine on his elbow soreness.

"We've got a good five weeks here for me to rehab and get a good sense of how I'm recovering and what it looks like. Then I think we will have a better idea."
--Tom Glavine, on whether he will pitch in 2009

"If used and done the way they are expecting, and there aren't any long delays that make the games significantly longer, then I'm all for it. I'm all for doing things right."
--Tom Glavine, on the use of instant replay in baseball

"Believe me, I've thought a lot about it. It will always bother me, but when I look back on it, I can't help thinking, 'How bad does it stink that I didn't have the feel for my changeup on the mound that day?' Really, it was the same the last two starts of the season. Those were the only two times all year that I was out there thinking, 'Man, I just don't have a feel.' And for me, that's like Pedro (Martinez) in his heyday, taking his fastball away from him."
--Tom Glavine on the final game of the '07 season with the Mets.