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March 18, 2014

Glavine 'overwhelmed' during Hall tour


Glavine said he has received a few congratulatory calls from other Hall of Famers, such as Jim Rice, Andre Dawson and Joe Morgan.

“It is pretty neat to get those phone calls,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t answer because they aren’t phone numbers I recognize. I actually did pick up when Jim Rice called because I knew it was a Boston number.

“I think Chris was more excited about that one,” he said, adding that his wife grew up as a Red Sox fan.

A New England native himself, Glavine was drafted out of high school in 1984 by the Braves and by the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. He said he didn’t regret choosing baseball over hockey but did think twice about skipping college.

“Hockey is different. They own your rights for five years, so they expect you to go to school,” he said. “The decision was not an easy one, not because I wanted to play hockey, but because I had wanted to go to college. In the end, I had to take a chance. Fortunately, I never had to go back to college.”

With his Hall of Fame induction four months away, Glavine said he is nervous about his speech. He also said several inductees have told him that he will enjoy the ceremony more when he returns next year.

“Don Sutton has alluded to it,” he said of the Hall of Fame pitcher who works with Glavine during Braves’ broadcasts. “Certainly your individual year, you enjoy it. But at the same time, the guys come back year after year because they enjoy it. If you can get guys to come back year and after, that’s certainly a testament to it.”

Glavine said that his life hasn’t changed much since the BBWAA vote was announced in January, but his introductions have gotten better.

“Tom Glavine, Hall of Famer,” he said. “That’s not something I am going to get sick of hearing.”

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