In his first start for the Atlanta Braves in six years, Tom Glavine took the hill among cheers and a standing ovation.
The 41-year-old lefty threw 30 pitches over two innings Saturday, striking out two and giving up a solo shot to Ty Wigginton in the Braves’ 7-5 Spring victory over the Houston Astros.
Having played for the Braves from 1987-2002, winning two Cy Young Awards in that span, you wouldn't think a veteran with 303 career wins would get nervous.
“Once [the ovation] happened, yeah, I started to get nervous,” he said. “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.”Glavine, who went 13-8 with a 4.45 ERA with the New York Mets last season, turned down a $13 million option to return; instead taking a one-year, $8 million offer to play for the Braves. If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on his retirement after the 2008 season.
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