With the recent news of Braves pitcher Tom Glavine suffering a setback in his quest to return to the MLB mound for a 23rd season and contemplating retirement I've become a bit depressed. It's not all Glavine's fault, it's the fact that players from my childhood are quickly disappearing. There's only a handful of players still active in MLB today that began their careers in the 80's (Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Ken Griffey Jr., and Omar Vizquel). Others are currently rehabbing and hope to take the field this season (John Smoltz and Tom Gordon). Greg Maddux, Kenny Rogers, Curt Schilling, Kent Merker, and Rudy Seanez gracefully bowed out of the show this offseason.
Glavine says he plans to make a decision on retirement within the next two weeks, while he waits to see how his body responds. Interesting fact- Tom Glavine may end up having identical rookie and closing season stats: 2-4 with a 5.54 era in 1988 and 2008.
I'm turning 30 this year, so seeing all my childhood idols be replaced by new ones was bound to happen sooner or later. However, I don't have to like it. I'm rooting for Grand Pappy Moyer to go at least until he's 50 (currently 46 years old).
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H20- Like A Prayer (Cover of Madonna's 80's classic)