It seemed like, until this year, every time I turned on a TV in October, I saw Tom Glavine or Greg Maddux or John Smoltz or one of those guys with an "A" on their caps in a playoff series. It seemed like it?s been that way my whole life.
Braves, Braves, Braves. And now you see why. I mean, it?s not a surprise. But did you notice how Glavine won Game 2 — one ex-Brave pitches great. The other one — Julio Franco — beats out a double-play ball, running on 100-year-old legs. They did what they had to do. Now we?re up 2-0 against the Dodgers.
It?s nice to have those ex-Braves guys around.
I didn?t have to wait to play with Tom and Julio to know that they?re special and that they came from a special place. All you have to know about the Braves is that they won all those years while they were changing their personnel.
You don?t lose Glavine and Maddux, Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez and Rafael Furcal and still win every year, if there isn?t something special with the organization. That?s what we?re trying to do here in New York. You know, get it rolling, so when one of the big guys leaves, you just keep going.
That?s was amazing to watch all those years. Just win, win. Lose a 20-game winner, and win some.
We?re here now, and that?s great. I?m proud that I?m on a team that ended the Braves’ streak of 14 consecutive division titles, because that was an accomplishment. It took a lot of doing. I wasn?t here back in the day when the Braves caused the Mets all those problems, so I don?t have a grudge or anything. I just respect what they did.
So watch out for them next year.