Sunday, March 2, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Tom Glavine heard the cheers and felt the nerves in his first start for the Atlanta Braves in six years.
Glavine threw 30 pitches in two innings Saturday, striking out two and giving up a solo homer to Ty Wigginton in the Braves' 7-5 exhibition win over the Houston Astros.
The 41-year-old left-hander, who played for the Braves from 1987-2002 and won two Cy Young Awards, got a loud ovation when he took the field from the many Atlanta fans in the stands at the Astros' ballpark.
Suddenly, this was more than just a relaxed, run-of-the-mill outing at spring training.
'Once that happened, yeah, I started to get nervous,' Glavine said. 'Up until that point, I was kind of like, OK, just go out there and pitch. Don't worry about it. Just get your feet under you. When I got the nice ovation, I was like, all right, now I want to go out there and do a little bit better than just getting comfortable.'
Glavine, who has 303 wins, signed with the New York Mets before the 2003 season. He turned down a $13 million option to return to the Mets this year and took a one-year, $8 million offer to play for the Braves, who expect him to help Atlanta get back in the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Right now, Glavine is just trying to make a good first impression on his new teammates with his old team. Players such as Jeff Francoeur, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann weren't around when Glavine's best Atlanta teams were annually winning division titles and playing for pennants.