The Atlanta Braves are commemorating one of the most exciting plays in Major League Baseball from the last half of the twentieth century. If your a Braves fan, you already know what I'm talking about.
During the 1980's, the Atlanta Braves were one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. They cemented a decade worth of dissapointment with a pretty forgettable 65-97 1990 Season, finishing last in the National League West, just a mere 26 games behind the first place Cincinnati Reds. The following season, they completed on of the biggest turnarounds in the history of MLB by winning the National League West with a 94-68 record (29 game difference) en route to the National League Pennant and their first World Series appearance since 1958. They ended up on the losing end of one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory that was capped off by a magnificant Game 7 performance from Minnesota Twins ace, Jack Morris.
The 1992 season was one filled with skepticism from baseball fans. Was the 1991 season a fluke? They were led by young guns Steve Avery, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz while David Justice (1991 National League Rookie of the Year) anchored the outfield. Did anyone really expect these kids make another playoff run? Not really. The Braves proved all of their critics wrong by dominating the NL West (winning by 8 games) en route to their second division title in a row.
The season came tumbling down in the 1992 NLCS against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves lead the series 3 games to 1, but let it slip away as the Pirates won Games 5 and 6 to force a Game 7 in Atlanta. In a series that featured the likes of Tom Glavin, John Smoltz, David Justice, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Andy Van Slyke it all came down to a single from the seldomly used pinch hitter, Francisco Cabrera and the often-injured, and former Pirate, Sid Bream. Cabrera hit a bases-loaded 2-out single to left field, which first scored Justice from third and then Bream from second, barely beating out Bonds' throw to the plate, sending the Braves back to the World Series and cementing their legacy as a dominat force throughout the rest of the 1990's and 2000's.
Watch Video: 1992 NLCS Game 7 Atlanta Braves Francisco Cabrera Sid Bream "The Slide."
On June 9, 2012, the Braves are commemorating the historic play by giving away a FREE bobblehead that features Bream sliding across the plate, just missing the tag from catcher, Mike LaValliere and being called "SAFE" by umpire, Randy Marsh. Be one of the first 20,000 fans to show up at Turner Field to get yours.
Labels: Atlanta Braves, Barry Bonds, Francisco Cabrera, John Smotz, Sid Bream, Tom Glavin