The Mets hit the skids after the Subway Series. Roberto Alomar and Mo Vaughn were among their horrible decisions. Tom Glavine, however, was the lead domino. Pedro Martinez came later.
But it was the Mets’ ability to land tonight’s pitcher – never mind the monetary motives – that signaled the franchise was serious about winning. Glavine left a winning tradition to come to New York, and when a player of his stature makes such a move it told others to consider the Mets.
Having Glavine made it easier to later get Martinez, Carlos Beltran and Billy Wagner. Having Glavine has made everything easier.