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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.

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.


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