On Saturday, June 9th, the Atlanta Braves are giving out the greatest bobblehead ever created.
That, of course, is celebrating the famous Sid Bream slide that won the Braves the National League Championship in 1992. Which, if you haven’t seen it lately, looked like this:
As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in Atlanta until 1996 and was naturally a huge Braves fan. After an entire decade of terrible baseball in Atlanta the Braves had the World Series stolen from them thanks to questionable Metrodome conditions and blatant cheating by the Twins lost the 1991 World Series to the Twins in seven games. (Last season the Twins released a bobblehead featuring an infamous, to Braves fans at least, incident during game 2 of that series.) No one really expected the Braves to make it back in ’92; much like long time Rangers fans people were just conditioned to the Braves losing.
However, there they were back in the NLCS against the Pittsburgh Pirates, down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth of game 7. Good things happened and Sid Bream, quite possibly the slowest man on the planet at the time, beat Barry Bonds throw and the Braves were back in the World Series. Unfortunately, The Braves would go on to lose the World Series to the Blue Jays in six games (they wouldn’t get back until 1995, when they finally won) and the Pirates haven’t had a season above .500 since.
I remember watching that game live on TV. As a 10 year-old baseball fanatic it was quite possibly the greatest moment of my life up to that point. I really want one of these things but since I’m in Dallas now and can’t get back to Atlanta on such short notice I need some help. If you can in any way help me get one please get in touch with me and let’s work something out.