Baseball history will have to wait
Aspen, CO Colorado
History was put on hold as Tom Glavine failed in his first chance to win No. 300 and Barry Bonds remained one homer behind Hank Aaron.
Glavine was pretty close Tuesday night in Milwaukee, handing a one-run lead to the Mets’ usually reliable bullpen, which blew it, and New York went on to lose 4-2 in 13 innings. Bonds remained one home run away from tying Aaron’s all-time record in San Francisco’s 3-1 win over Los Angeles.
“It’s a disappointing night,” said Glavine, whose next chance at the mark is on Sunday in Chicago. “I don’t know if it’s easier to have it go away right away, or when you’ve got to sit there and watch.”
But Glavine didn’t blame his teammates.
“They’ve helped me more than they’ve hurt me,” Glavine said.
Glavine’s wife, Christine, cheered when David Wright scored on a sacrifice fly by Moises Alou to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
But in the eighth, Aaron Heilman allowed a leadoff single to J.J. Hardy and, after Ryan Braun flied out, Pedro Feliciano came in and hit Prince Fielder with a pitch.
Guillermo Mota relieved, and Glavine’s wife was on her feet cheering for an end to the rally.
But Bill Hall greeted Mota with a ground-rule double to left that scored Hardy with the tying run. She slumped in her seat as Brewers’ fans applauded, and she then put her chin on her right wrist and stared angrily.
Now Glavine will have to haul his friends and family to Wrigley Field this weekend for another shot at one of baseball’s most cherished milestones.
“I’m sure it’s tough on them emotionally, but I’m sure they’ll be there again on Sunday,” Glavine said.
Bonds won’t have to wait quite as long for another shot at history after his night. He stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in Los Angeles where he was booed at every turn.
“They were doing their booing, but it wasn’t out of hand,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who wasn’t sure whether Bonds would play Wednesday night. “He’s feeling pretty good. He’s getting his swings in. We’ll see how he feels.”
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.