Hall of Famer Glavine reflects on Queens

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Tom Glavine earned his 300th victory with the Mets.New Hall of Famer Tom Glavine earned his 300th victory as a Met. He also lost two front teeth as a passenger in a taxicab during the short drive from LaGuardia Airport to Shea Stadium.

His five-year Mets career was bookended by disappointments -- getting knocked out on a frigid Opening Day in 2003 in his debut as baseball instituted the QuesTec umpire grading system that tightened the strike zone, then getting knocked out after allowing seven runs and recording only one out in Game No. 162 in 2007, when the Mets were eliminated from postseason contention. (Glavine then created a media storm postgame when he described himself as "disappointed," but suggested being "devastated" should be reserved for more serious worldly matters.)

Yet, overall, Glavine posted a 61-56 record and 3.97 ERA in 164 starts as a Met. And he participated in the Mets' last playoff appearance, posting a 1.59 ERA in three postseason starts in 2006 as the Mets came within a game of reaching the World Series.

So how does Glavine view his time spent in Queens?

"I would summarize it as a great five years of my career," Glavine said Wednesday. "I had a lot of fun in New York. I certainly made a lot of great friends there as teammates and people within the organization. It was a fun five years, albeit a tough five years at times for my family with me being gone. But it was a fun five years for them. It was a great experience being in New York and playing in New York. It's an experience, I think, every player should have.

"I'll always have fond memories for the Mets organization for the opportunity, but also because I won my 300th game in their uniform. That's something I certainly will never forget.

"By and large it was a very fun, positive experience for me. I certainly had some down moments as well. But I'd like to think I was a part of them kind of turning the corner and helping get their organization back on track, as evidenced by the playoff appearance in 2007."

2006, actually. But point taken.