For those of you experienced at divorce, you realize that soulful reunions usually don't work, no matter how hard a twosome may try.
Twice Tom Glavine and the Braves have broken up.
First, he took leave for the Mets, which was like thumbing his nose. Then he comes back, on good terms until he flunked his minor league rehabs, as Frank Wren, the general manager, viewed it.
And the second parting was more bitter than the first, though neither spoke of it.
Now, through the gentle persuasion of John Schuerholz, upgraded to president, Glavine and the Braves are family again.
Schuerholz and Glavine made their peace.
Just what role Wren played is a puzzle to me, for he has been heard only through Glavine, who said: "I've talked with Frank, so that's all behind us. If I didn't feel like I could work with Frank, I wouldn't be here."
Through it all, Glavine has held his head high, though some might consider that he is eating crow.
I would argue that, though it does seem that somewhere in this peculiar peace-making, there would be a healing word or to from the general manager, for there was bitterness in the break-up.
It followed a long meeting of Braves brass, out of which Wren emerged with a statement that Glavine would not be signed on.
The decision appeared to have been a result of some scouts' observation.
Glavine dealt with Schuerholz in the break-up before he left for Flushing.
It was Schuerholz who mended this fence, for John has that kind of facility. The team that the Braves have become are result of his cobbling. He is not one to harbor festering relationships.
"We're delighted, Tom, to have you back," he said at their press conference.
Tom appeared happy to be back, though, it was somewhat puzzling, aat the end of the peace-making,
that he said, "I'm not sure what I want to do." Obviously he wanted to be a Brave again, if only
wearing a Joseph A. Bank uniform and flashy loafers, necktie and cuff links, residing behind a desk. We shall see.
Furman Bisher is one of the deans of American sports writing. The long-time Atlanta sports journalist is a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Sports Halls of Fame and in addition to his newspaper writing as authored multiple books profiling major figures like Hank Aaron and Arnold Palmer. He will write periodical columns for the Daily.