Significant Baseball Plays

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?

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  1. Coach John

    Coach Eric pointed out a great play by Otis Nixon. I was actually at that game and saw “The Catch” as it happened. I remember after he climbed the wall and came back down, there was a brief silence throughout the crowd while everyone waited to see if he caught the ball. When he showed that he had the ball, the stadium erupted! I also remember the expression of disbelief Andy Van Slyke showed when he saw the catch was made. It was truly memorable. I can’t think of any that top it.

  2. Dan Seckinger

    I grew up a Detroit Tiger fan… back in the 60’s and 70’s. Their big rival in those days was the Baltimore Orioles. Brooks Robinson of the Orioles is/was arguably the best third baseman ever. It wasn’t against the Tigers – but I remember when Brooks caught a smokin line drive that was about 3 feet off the ground and was directly over third base. He was horizontal to the earth – totally stretched out. Not only did he stab the line drive… which was amazing all by itself — but, he landed on the base, doubling off the runner from third, and came to his knees, spun on his right knee and threw a strike to first base to finish the triple play by getting the runner going back to first. Noby that I have ever seen has played third base with the natural fluid movenment of Brooks Robinson… he was brilliant!

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