Twenty Years Ago Tonight

Sometimes at SPR we like to give the other view of the story. Since we are never going to do that with politics or electronic music I figured let’s get a Braves fan’s take on something that happened twenty years ago but still gives Matt McNear nightmares. The Otis Nixon catch. this is reposted from the blog Rowland’s Office (which is pretty awesome).

Twenty Years Ago Tonight…

Your Office proprietors were in attendance that night,but neither of us saw Otis’ miracle grab from our seats in right-center field. The roar of the crowd informed us that we had just missed the greatest catch in Atlanta Braves’ history.

You tend to forget The Catch came in the 9th inning of a 1-0 game. Charlie Leibrandt, whose contributions to those early 90s Braves teams are often overlooked, shut out the Pirates through 8. The Braves had only one hit — a homer by David Justice.

Big Al Pena gave up Van Slyke’s thwarted blast so, with Bonds due up, Bobby called on Kent Mercker to record the final out. His second pitch was grounded weakly to first and the Braves had their first 13-game winning streak in 10 years.

We stopped by Manuel’s on the way home just as the late local news started. The lead story was the catch, and after the replay the entire tavern was on its feet chanting, “Otis, Otis, Otis!” For a few years, Atlanta was a helluva baseball town. It didn’t last long.

I was back at Manuel’s the night the Braves won the World Series. After Grissom caught the final out I leaped on to my chair and high-fived an old-timer at the next table. I was told to get off the furniture. A tepid celebration followed.

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About Chaz Bolte

Chaz Bolte is a Brooklyn based writer who currently serves as staff writer for the website We Party Patriots. He is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from Slippery Rock University. Before moving to New York to pursue his writing career he lived in Denver, CO. Chaz studied sketch writing at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He currently contributes to Addicting Info and He was formerly the Editor of Secret Party Room. His work has been featured on Truthout, Football Nation, Next Stop Atlantic, Dnevno, AFCNorthTalk, Talking Union, AFL-CIO Now, and many others. You can follow him on Twitter @chazbolte

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