Once upon a time, there was a young girl who loved baseball. She loved the Atlanta Braves, and, in particular, she loved a young up-and-coming pitcher named Tom Glavine. Alas, the young girl was broke, and didn't live anywhere near Atlanta. Her fascination had to be satisfied with t-shirts, hats, posters on her bedroom wall, and watching games on TV.
The young girl grew up, got married, had children, and moved to Atlanta. They began taking their family to the Braves games from the time her young son was only a few months old. Her husband even got to meet the now famous pitcher, and he signed a baseball for them. It held a place of honor on the fireplace. But in 2002, the pitcher left Atlanta for the rival New York Mets, and the not-so-young girl never got to see him in action in a Braves uniform.
There came a time, 2007 to be exact, where the pitcher came back to Atlanta, albeit in the Mets uniform. He played against his good friend (and other favored pitcher of our not-so-young woman), John Smoltz. The woman's devoted husband went to ebay and purchased tickets for her to take her pre-teen son to see this wonderful matchup. The woman became a girl again for that one day, and enjoyed herself beyond all imagining. She assumed that nothing would beat this. After all, her pitcher would surely be retiring soon. Wouldn't he??
The pitcher wasn't ready to retire, not yet! He won his 300th game this season, and there were more wins to be had. But he was tired of the commute, and who could blame him? His wife and children were in the Atlanta area! So, he pushed aside an offer of big money from those Mets, and he took a pay cut to come.... HOME!!!
Tom Glavine is coming HOME! He's going to be one of the Braves again! And I will get to see him pitch in a Braves uniform ... and, this time, you better believe I'm not going to miss seeing it in person!!! :)
Welcome home, Tommy!! I missed ya!