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Glavine's 300th Wraps Up Historic Weekend

By Eric S. Wyatt     Aug 6, 2007 in Sports
In a weekend that saw Barry Bonds tie Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriquez reach the 500 home run mark quicker than any other player, it is only fitting that a pitcher of Tom Glavine's stature also reaches a key milestone.
New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine became the twenty-third pitcher to reach 300 wins Sunday, and only the fifth left-handed pitcher to reach the milestone. The victory came on the road, in Chicago.
Glavine pitched a solid game against the Cubs, leaving after one out was recorded in the sixth inning, with a five run lead. He had thrown 102 pitches in typical Tom Glavine fashion, but would have to wait to see if the bullpen could preserve his victory. Just a week earlier Glavine had turned a one run lead over to the bullpen, only to watch it slip away.
Though the Cubs were able to cut the lead to two runs at one point, the Mets were able to hold on. Glavine came out onto the field after the last out was recorded and was congratulated by teammates before he went to hug his wife, his kids, and his parents. The Wrigley Field crowd - in excess of 41,000 - showed a warm appreciation for the milestone, in contrast to the mixed reaction Bonds received in San Diego.
Glavine is a ten-time All Star, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and was the MVP of the 1995 World Series. Glavine joined former Brave teammate Greg Maddux on the 300 win list. The two spent much of the 90s as the most consistently successful 1-2 punch in all of baseball. The 300 win plateau only solidifies Glavine's likely induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
ESPN has a podcast interview with Glavine here.
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