Congratulations to Tom Glavine, who became the 23rd pitcher to win 300 games. He has been a real role model to young players coming up and those who hope to one day be just like him. When I interviewed Tom, I was struck by not only how nice he was, but that he really took our interview seriously, and gave me the time I needed. Thanks Tom!
Tell me the best thing about playing baseball.
Well, it’s fun, and the competition of trying to get hitters out , and trying to be successful is the best.
Did you play any other sports besides baseball as a kid?
I played a little bit of everything, mostly baseball and hockey, but a little bit of soccer and basketball.
I started play when I was seven years old in Little League.
What stadiums do you like to play in best and why?
I like to play in three. Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. They are so rich in tradition and the history of all the great players that have played there.
What kind of music do you like?
Just about everything . I like to listen to a little bit of everything.
Have you had any jobs besides baseball?
I worked in construction a little bit when I was in High School with my dad. But that was it.
How do you feel about the strike zone?
I always wish it was bigger. Pitchers always think it’s too small and hitters always think it’s too big, but I think as long as it’s consistent then it’s something everyone can work with and you find a way to be successful.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to play golf and play around with my kids.
What’s the most embarrassing moment you’ve ever had?
I think there was one time in my first or second year in the league and I went up to bat and forgot to take the donut off the bat.
What is one thing you don’t travel without?
My computer. I like getting on there and checking things out, and e-mailing my friends and my family and my kids and stuff like that.
Who do you think is the best player in MLB?
The best player in baseball right now is probably Barry Bonds. He is such a great hitter and really impacts the game more than anybody right now.
How would you complete the following sentence: The thing most people find interesting about me is …
My dedication and determination.
Who influenced you most in life?
My mom and dad. They were very supportive of me playing sports and they provided me with great lessons for my life.
What is the one thing that bugs you:
Long baseball games.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Probably be a little bit more outgoing and goofier.