Throwback Postseason Photo of the Day: Sid Bream sends Braves to World Series
Twenty-two years ago today, the Braves squared off against the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS. Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead into the ninth inning -- aided by an Andy Van Slyke RBI double and spectacular eight-inning pitching performance from righty Doug Drabek. But in the bottom of the inning, things began to turn in Atlanta's favor.
The Braves loaded the bases with nobody out and Ron Gant brought his team within a run with a sacrifice fly. Damon Berryhill walked to fill the bases again, but then Brian Hunter popped out to second base. So with two outs and the Braves on the brink of elimination, pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera (a utility player with 10 total at-bats all season) stepped up to the plate. And with two strikes, he did this:
As you can see, Bream's foot juuuust edges out Barry Bonds' strong throw from left field.
It would be the second straight Fall Classic appearance for the Braves and part of five NL pennants they'd take home that decade.