Yes, Tom Glavine is coming back to the NY Mets. In a very brave decision determined by the respect given to this future Hall of Fame pitcher, Glavine makes his way to pick up where he left off and get one more shot at a World Series title return for this side of the city.
We thank Tom for coming back the way that he did. Especially in this time and age where free agency has left many organizations out to dry. He has always earned his respect as a pitcher, but from this passed season to now, he has earned his respect as a Met.
We always knew the Mets to be a family based organization and that has always been the biggest difference between them and the Yankees. Todd Zeile mentioned this after leaving them in his most recent stint. "It's like a circus in that dugout. It's not the family environment that I was used to with the Mets."
See, in the Yankees clubhouse, it's far too focused on winning every single year and any baseball fan will tell you that is a pipe dream. You have to know when to make a serious push to win and when to sit back and retool, while always hoping for the best with your staff.
The Mets organization is fully aware of that, but more importantly, they are aware of showing respect to their players, coaches and their families alike. Who would have thought that the Mets would have showed more respect to Tom Glavine than the Atlanta Braves organization did?
Supposedly, they were trying to ship out Tim Hudson in order to make payroll low enough for a Glavine/Smoltz reunion but I find that a bit hard to chew. The contract for Glavine would have been for one year. It's not something that would even come close to crippling their finances, especially not for a pitcher would would restore the aura and unify that team as no other has been able to so since his departure.
Besides, why would they ever want to trade Hudson anyway? His winning percentage had been second to Pedro Martinez at the time of his arrival to Atlanta. He may not have pitched extremely well but he hasn't been that bad either.
If they wanted Glavine so badly they would have offered the Mets Hudson in exchange for a Pelfrey and called it a day but let's face it. The Braves didn't even try. The Braves did not even make an offer to Glavine. Nothing at all. Not a call saying "We are trying to do this so we can do this." Not a single thing. Not a single bit of respect. That was the bravest decision of them all.