Atlanta Braves, Right Fielder

David Justice

"Sid was barely safe.

… a matter of inches."

Before David Justice won a World Series with the Atlanta Braves in 1995, before he won another with the New York Yankees in 2000, and before he played on the "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics in 2002 -- Justice had a remarkable career, didn't he? -- he experienced the magical moment that might top all of those highlights that came later for him. Let's let him recount the final play of the 1992 NLCS, which started with Justice standing on third base in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in the bottom of the ninth inning, two outs and the bases loaded …

"I was the tying run. I remember the stadium being so loud -- where Jimy Williams, our third-base coach -- I could not hear anything he was saying. His mouth was so close to my ear that he could almost stick his tongue in my ear. That's how close he was to me.

"I remember when Francisco Cabrera had two balls and no strikes on him. All I was thinking was, 'Francisco's going to kill him right here,' because Francisco Cabrera was a great fastball hitter. When Stan Belinda threw the fastball and Francisco hit it down the left-field line foul, I got nervous, thinking there's no way they're going to come back with a pitch like that after Francisco had crushed the one down the left-field line.

"So the next pitch, as soon as Francisco hit it, I knew it was in the hole. When I got to home plate, I turn around and I see Barry Bonds fielding it.

"I'm thinking for a moment there that Sid is going to score easily. But then all of a sudden, here comes the ball and that's when you see me start jumping up and down because I'm telling Sid, 'Get down! Get down!' because I know it's going to be a close play. Sid was barely safe -- I mean, it was a matter of inches -- and as soon as the umpire [called him safe], I was standing right beside the umpire. All I could think was to just jump on top of Sid, so I just jumped on top of him. … I'm underneath the bottom of the pile with my feet straight up in the air and it was just pandemonium."

-- Anna McDonald,

The celebration began with Sid Bream and David

Justice at the plate as Mike LaValliere's tag was late.

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