>Boston, MA – The regular season came to an end tonight with the Boston Colonials closing out a disappointing campaign with a 13-10 loss to Norfolk. In the twilight of this lost season, two of the team’s biggest stars are realizing the end of the road is here.
38-year old SP Glenn Glynn got the start in the season finale and pitched 5 strong innings, while 36-year old Nate Yorkstarted at his old familiar position of 3B and went 1 for 4 as both wrapped up storied careers with Boston tonight. The fans of Boston obviously saw this coming and wanted to pay a fitting tribute, as 47,606 packed in to Fenway Park to bid their farewells. While season 9 of NABCL was one to forget for the Boston faithful, the memories that Glenn and York provided for them will last a lifetime.
After working his way through 5 innings, an obviously tired Glynn went out to the mound and threw 8 soft-toss warm up pitches before the manager came out of the dugout to replace him. As he left the field for the last time, Boston fans gave him a standing ovation that lasted 5+ minutes and included two additional curtain calls. Glynn tipped his cap in each direction of the stands and mouthed the words, “thank you” several times. At that point it looked as though Glynn would win his 10th game of the season, but the bullpen could not hold the 6-2 lead and allowed Norfolk to plate 10 in the 8th on their way to the 13-10 win. Glynn’s line is his final game was: 5 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs (both earned), no walks and 6 K’s.
After starting the game 0 for 3, York walked in the seventh and singled behind Marty Beckett’s leadoff walk in the 9th. The hitter after York, young Joe May, grounded into a 6-4 force out at 2nd and York, too, left the field to a long standing ovation.
Both players met the media with GM Rick Randall after the game in the press room to announce their retirements effective immediately. Both players tenure with the club surpass the number of “live” seasons of the NABCL, with Glynn having played the final 11 of his 16 ML seasons in Boston and York having spent the past 10 of his 15 ML seasons for the Boston franchise.
Boston GM Rick Randall greeted the press after the game and announced, “Today is both a sad day and a proud day for the franchise. We are saying goodbye to, probably, the two greatest players to ever don the Colonial uniform, and two great men. But at the same time, we are all reflecting on what Nate and Glynn have done in their time here in Boston and, hopefully, looking forward to what they can do for us in the future. We are proud to be part of the history that is there for both of these guys, and we are proud that they are part of our history – part of the city of Boston’s history.”
In the 9 seasons of the NABCL, Glynn was a two time All-Star, an AL Cy Young Award winner (season 2), and won a club record 127 games while appearing in 280 games (all starts) for Boston. He will retire as the club record holder in 19 single season and career pitching categories including single season wins (19), career wins (127), starts, IP, quality starts, shutouts and strikouts.
York made 4 All-Star appearances, won 3 Silver Slugger awards (all as a 3B), and launched a club record 246 HR while driving in 1,008 runs and collecting 1,399 hits. He retires as the leader in 24 single season and career club records including games, hits, 2B (310), 3B (60), HR, RBI and BB (483).
“I’m a bit sad that this day has come, but we all know it’s gonna happen eventually.” said Glynn. “I had a good career and met lots of personal and team goals and have set up a secure future for my family. Will I miss playing the game? Sure. But I just know that for every Glenn Glynn in the world there are five thousand people that wish they could be Glenn Glynn.”
Asked about his future plans, Nate York quipped, “I think I’m gonna go relax in my hot tub for about 4 months.”
Go ahead Nate – you deserve it.