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Sid Bream declines Braves’ request to throw out the first pitch

Sep 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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For Pirates fans old enough to remember the 1992 NLCS, former Braves first baseman Sid Bream still haunts their memories. The image of Francisco Cabrera lining Stan Belinda’s pitch to left field, of Barry Bonds’ throw being to the right of home plate, of catcher Mike LaValliere reaching for it and diving back to tag Bream, of Bream’s foot hitting home plate just a split-second before the tag. It was the last we heard of the Pirates until this year.

The Pirates ended their playoff drought and, if they win their Wild Card play-in game against the Reds (assuming, of course, that the Cardinals clinch the NL Central title), they just might match up against the Braves in the NLDS. Knowing this, the Braves asked Bream if he would like to throw out the first pitch before a Pirates-Braves playoff match-up. Bream declined, reports Rob Biertempfel.

“Whatever their motive (for the invite) was, I don’t want to be involved,” Bream said Friday by phone.[...]“I wasn’t surprised (by the offer),” Bream said. “Whether their motive was to rub it in the Pirates’ faces, I don’t know. I think it was just more of a gesture to commemorate those two teams getting back together in the postseason. But I’ll stay neutral. I’m not going to do anything to tell the fans in Atlanta or Pittsburgh that I’m (rooting) one way or the other.”

Bream played for the Pirates from September 1985 through the 1990 season. In December 1990, he signed with the Braves as a free agent, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Relive Bream’s unforgettable moment below:

  1. pens5829 - Sep 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Braves management. Always classy.. Shove your toma-hawk chop up your…

    • waiverclaim - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      Somehow the Braves managed to out-douche the Angels, Phillies, Rangers and White Sox for douchiest franchise this year, after never really being like this before.

  2. bobulated - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Really don’t think that was the intent, just asking a good player with history with both teams to toss in a ceremonial pitch. If they wanted to rub it in they could have asked Bonds to throw it in to Spanky Lavieller a split-second too late. ;)

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      Sid Bream had a career WAR of 13.4. He wasn’t a good player, he was a below average player, and never approached being a good player for the Braves….there is only one reason to invite him, specifically, and it isn’t a generous gesture.

      • bobulated - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        You do understand what WAR is right? By the very definition of WAR you refute your own argument by pointing out he was a +13.4 player so he literally was not below average. “Good” might have been too strong a word but he was certainly better than the Pu pu platter the Braves had at 1B the previous few seasons.

      • bobulated - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        I will give you he was extremely overrated defensively even by the standards of the time. I remember reading somewhere the Braves signed him as a D upgrade and he was very much below average by metrics.

      • Paul Zummo - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        By the very definition of WAR you refute your own argument by pointing out he was a +13.4 player so he literally was not below average.

        Not to get all stat nerdy, but league average WAR is about 2.0 for a full-time player, a total Bream topped 3 times, although he only wound up with 6 full seasons thanks to all the injuries he had. Looking at his totals, and he pretty much defines league average.

      • yahmule - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        He was kind of a poor man’s Adam LaRoche.

  3. sgtr0c - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Watching the Braves-Phils as I type this. Why is the stadium so empty for a team going to the playoffs? Sooo many empty seats bottom to top. That is just sad for a team that earned a divisional playoff spot. Maybe tjey are just getting theirs chips. Atlanta doesn’t really deserve the Braves.

    Wait, wait, there is a lame chop on the loud speaker, maybe they will start coming in and sitting down.

    • chc4 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Since when is 38k empty? Dbag.

    • waiverclaim - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM

      With the Indians phasing out their racist-ass logo, I cant wait for the Braves to change their absurdly racist nickname too.

      Fuck this team and its massive playoff failures. They should change their name to the Bills, because they are the Buffalo Bills of MLB.

  4. bravojawja - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Wow. Didn’t take long for The Lazy Ones to go to the go-to whining about the Braves, huh?

    It was never funny, only obnoxious. Now it’s just more so.

    • yahmule - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Was this translated into another language and then translated back into English?

  5. grumpyoleman - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    How dare they. I’m sure they are the first team to ever have a marginal player throw out the first pitch to honor a special moment.

  6. billybawl - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Now, actually, that’s an old school move by Bream.

  7. moogro - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Well played, Bream.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    There is no way the Braves organization, ill intentioned or not could not see the negative connotation of this invitation. Congratulations to Sid Bream for being a stand up and classy individual.

  9. flyeredup - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    The 15,789 fans that attend the home Braves playoff games don’t care.

    • hockeyfan28 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      And those same fans stand a better chance of seeing the braves in the World Series before seeing the flyers,phillies,eagles, or sixers win anything

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Ha!

    • yahmule - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Best comment of the day, flyeredup.

  10. flyeredup - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The 15,789 fans that attend Brave home playoff games don’t care.

  11. gunpowderjones - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    WAR does not stand for wins above average

  12. grumpyoleman - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Kind of funny how the stat geeks are bringing WAR into this. Shows they don’t appreciate individual plays and moments. If you can’t bring up a summary of stats I guess individual moments never happened

  13. scdocal - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    You do realize atlanta brought in a little under 32k people per game. So you were off by half. Can u blame the fans, not really. If you go to the playoffs 14 years straight and only win one I would stop going until they made it to the World Series. I am not a fan but put your own team in their situation. Lets not throw random ass numbers out there. Classy move by Sid.

  14. jdouble777 - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    This move cements the possibility of this year’s Braves being EXTREMELY unlike what the franchise has been modeled upon. Sad. I love the Braves, but not anymore…

  15. wisbadgfan - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I think Sid Breams decision is based on his playing career in both Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

    He spent 5 or 6 years in Pittsburgh, and probably has built friendships in the area.

    I can understand his desire to stay neutral——the Braves can turn to one of their long time players for the honor—i.e. Chipper Jones, Smoltz, Glavine, or Maddox.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Maybe he’s a Dodgers fan? That’s his original organization.

      • yahmule - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        Sid Bream was one of the many guys who got Dodger fans all fired up until they realized every prospect capable of fogging a mirror was going to put up sick numbers in Albuquerque.

  16. louhudson23 - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    I don’t believe Sid Bream has gotten along with the Braves very well over the years,beginning with his parting from the team those many years ago….

  17. pastabelly - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Maybe they should have Mariano Rivera do it instead. Yawn.

  18. ilovesports13 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    The Atlanta Braves are quickly becoming one of the most classless organizations in sports.

  19. bphipps3 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    So I want to get this straight. You play mlb baseball not only because you can but also for the chance to be on a winning team and YOU decide to sign with a team that you hope will give you the best chance of winning a title, that team then goes to 2 straight World Series with you being the one player who’s one slide propels them from worst to first and you snub them! If it weren’t for the Brave’s you would still be a nobody!

    • yahmule - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      You haven’t got it straight. Try using logic.

    • waiverclaim - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      When wanting to get it straight goes wrong!

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