Coach Eric here,
I love the Atlanta Braves. I have followed them since the Hank Aarron, Phil Neikro, Dale Murphy, Jerry Royster, Bob Horner days and on to the worst to first, the 1995 World Champions and so on. There have been a couple of plays defensively burned into my mind and here they are:
On July 25, 1992, the Braves were ahead 1-0 over the Pirates in the top of the ninth. Gary Varsho pinch-hit for Gary Redus and grounded out to Mark Lemke for the first out of the inning. Jay Bell then singled, bringing up Andy Van Slyke, who was 0-2 with a walk on the day. He clobbered one of Alejandro Pena’s offerings to deep right-center field. With the stadium in a loud murmurr, Nixon raced back to the warning track, tracking the ball. Before he got to the wall, he leapt towards it and dug his left foot into the wall, pushing himself upward. He reached just over the wall and caught the ball. The stadium erupted in cheers as Nixon landed and threw the ball back to the infield and getting congratulations from David Justice.
The Braves only run came on their only hit, a solo home run by Justice in the second inning.
So not only was Nixon’s catch one of the most exciting plays in Braves history, it also saved the game for the them.
Aug. 10, 2003: Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal turned his in the fifth inning against St. Louis. Furcal caught Woody Williams’ line drive, stepped on second to double Mike Matheny and tagged Orlando Palmeiro, who was running back to first.
Unassisted triple play! Amazing!
How bout you guys? Any plays that stand out?