NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tom Glavine may be a newly minted Hall of Famer, but he still catches a lot of flack from Mets fans about how his career in Queens ended.
Simply put, he wants all the “hating” to stop.
Glavine, who went 61-56 with a 3.97 ERA in five seasons with the Mets following a brilliant run with the Atlanta Braves, took the mound on Sept. 30, 2007, with the Amazins tied with the Philadelphia Phillies atop the NL East.
The four-time NL Cy Young Award winner didn’t get out of the first inning.
The lowly Florida Marlins bashed Glavine for seven runs and went on to an 8-1 victory, ending the Mets’ season.
Glavine, who celebrated his new Hall of Fame status Thursday in New York City, told the NY Post that he’s never been allowed to forget that day.
“Look, I’ve still got people hating on me on Twitter and everywhere else over that game,” said Glavine, owner of 305 career wins and five 20-win seasons. “Like I’ve said to people, for what was otherwise a lot of fun for five years, that was not the way I wanted things to end here. It certainly is not something that I’m proud of or certainly not the way I wanted to end my time here as a Met.”
Glavine, who was elected to Cooperstown on Wednesday with 91.9 percent of the vote, said he looks back on his half-decade with the Mets, which included him earning his landmark 300th career win, with fond memories. He just wants everyone else to let that day in September six and a half years ago go already.
“I wish that people could get past that a little bit and look at some of the other good things that I did, but I understand that there’s still some anger from some people out there,” Glavine said. “But like I said, it was a bad ending to what was otherwise a really fun time for me.”
A 10-time All-Star, Glavine returned to the Braves in 2008 for the final season of his 22-year career, the same season the Mets were knocked out contention for the NL wild card on the season’s final day.
And as most everyone knows, they have not been close to sniffing the playoffs since.
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