Skip to main content

Our Special Bonds: Hopefully This Means Farewell (Questions)

At some point today, Tom Glavine will announce that he's declining the 2008 option on his contract, thus making himself a free agent while he contemplates retirement, a return to the Mets, or the likeliest option, signing with the Braves.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2007/10/our-special-bonds-hopefully-this-means_04.html

I've already made it known that I don't want him back and I don't want to rehash my reasoning. I had this whole plan to write another essay, nicknaming him "The Stench," but it's just not worth it. I guess I softened slightly after hearing his appearance on WFAN the other day (reduced my Glavine anger to 99 on a scale of 100). I'll say this...had it just been a couple dink hits and a 2-3 run first-inning, I think I could have lived with it better. But the throwing error and the HBP basically ended any chance of us ever having a positive relationship. Let's just complete the divorce proceedings with this goodbye tribute trivia.


Answers here:
1) What former Met, best known for a positive contribution made in 1986 (despite not being on the team then) has the highest career batting average against Glavine, minimum 5 PA?

2) On September 29, 1995, Tom Glavine allowed 5 runs in the first inning, against the Mets. Three different Mets had an RBI in that inning. Name them.

3) Tom Glavine was with the Mets for 5 seasons. In how many seasons did he have a winning record against the Braves?


4) Among those who have pitched for the Mets and Braves, Tom Glavine has the most losses AS A MET, with 56. What Met, who pitched for the team in the World Series, ranks 2nd with 42.

5) Tom Glavine was the first Mets starter to last 1/3 of an inning or less in a home start since what current broadcaster?

6) Tom Glavine is one of two Mets to hail from Concord, Mass, even though he now calls Atlanta his home. The pair share the distinction of having the two worst batting averages of any player from Concord, Mass. Name the other.

7) What pitcher has held Tom Glavine to his worst stats- 0-for-15 with 11 K?

8) When Tom Glavine had his embarassing Opening Day performance in his Mets debut, he gave up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Cubs. What 2007 newsmaker actually gave up more runs than Glavine for the Mets that day.
(Mike Bacsik)

9) Eleven pitchers have thrown 1,000 or more innings as a Met. Tom Glavine is among them, as his ERA of 3.97 is 2nd-worst. Name the only pitcher to throw 1,000+ innings as a Met and have a worse ERA than Glavine.

10) The last batter (hopefully) that Tom Glavine faced in his Mets career was Dontrelle Willis. He hit Willis with a pitch. Name the other pitchers that Tom Glavine has hit with a pitch.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 76 (Alex Ochoa) to No. 80 (Dom Smith)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae , celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason, giving us 75 overall). This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities. It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100? The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate. Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing.  Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’. 80. Dominic Smith’s season-ending walk-off  (Sept. 29, 2019 vs Braves) True story: I pulled into a parking spot right in front of my apartment as Dominic Smith came to bat. R

Mets Top 100 Home Runs: From No. 16 (Carl Everett & Bernard Gilkey) to No. 20 (Tommie Agee)

In 2009, I did a project for my website, Mets Walk-Offs and Other Minutiae, celebrating the best home runs in Mets history. I selected the top 60 regular season home runs and the top 15 postseason home runs. The reason I picked 60 was because it represented the top 1% of home runs in Mets history (and 15 just felt right for postseason). This was fun to do, but it was imperfect. I had one egregious omission. I tended to favor oddities. It’s time to give that project an update. And why not do it as a top 100? The Mets have hit 7,671 regular season home runs. The top 80 represent about the top 1%. And the top 20 postseason home runs get us to an even 100 to celebrate. Come along for the ride. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the reminiscing. Hopefully you’ll find it Amazin’.  The rest of the list can be found  here . 20. Tommie Agee reaches new heights  (April 10, 1969 vs Expos) Tommie Agee set the tone for a new beginning in the first week of the 1969

Cliff Notes

Alright, so it's 2 days later and the challenge for me now, after reading through about a dozen game stories and listening to talk radio, is to provide a fresh perspective on walk-off #324. If you're going to be a serious reader of this blog, you know what happened already, so let's look at what made this particular walk-off stand out. It would seem that the place to start is with the idea that everything broke just right on both sides of the ball. Particularly, I'm talking about Carlos Beltran's catch in the 7th inning, where he went over the center field fence to rob Jose Molina of a home run. Every no-hitter seems to have one defensive gem that makes it possible and perhaps that's true of great walk-off moments as well (We'll be looking into that!) Marlon Anderson's home run required a remarkable combination of events. It was only the sixth inside-the-park home run at Shea Stadium by a Met and the first since Darryl Strawberry in 1989. It required t