In the Godfather: Part 1, Michael and Sonny Corleone discuss the best retaliation for the assassination attempt of their father. Michael claims that he will kill two men who, in part, are responsible for the attempt. Sonny tells Michael that he is making this personal, and then Michael retorts this classic line, “It’s not personal, it’s just business.”
Last Wednesday, June 3rd, the Atlanta Braves released longtime ace, Tom Glavine. Glavine played 17 seasons for the Braves and compiled the following numbers:
- 244 wins
- 3.41 era
- 52 complete games
- 22 shutouts
- 5 seasons of 20+ wins
After rehabbing a shoulder injury, Glavine was set to return to the mound last Sunday (coincidentally, young Tommy Hanson got the start). Glavine had thrown a combined 11 scoreless innings in his last two minor league rehab appearances, including six scoreless innings for Class A Rome on the evening before his release. "Our evaluation was he would not be successful," Braves GM Frank Wren said of Glavine's major league outlook.
Glavine’s response was classic. "Based on my performance?" Glavine asked, repeating Wren's assessment. "Well, my bad, I just threw 11 scoreless innings. Was I supposed to throw a no-hitter and strike out 15? That's never been my style of pitching." Relationships are now strained to the point where Braves president John Schuerholz issued an apology for the way in which Glavine’s release was handled.
So does a longtime contributor to an organization earn the right to be treated differently, or should this be all about “business”? Should Schuerholz have issued that apology? What do you make of Wren’s statement? Each of us can find an example of this from our favorite team so what’s your take?