ATLANTA -- Sid Bream was a little too old to recreate the memorable slide and Francisco Cabrera might no longer have the strength to deliver what remains one of the most celebrated hits in Braves history. But the two created excitement when they were reunited to stir memories of the thrilling conclusion of Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series.
Playing the role of unlikely hero against the Pirates on Oct. 14, 1992, Cabrera was called out of the bullpen where he had been warming up pitchers, to pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He delivered the two-run single to left that allowed Bream just enough leeway to lumber from second and score just ahead of Barry Bonds' throw.
"As a ballplayer, you're always hoping to do something that will stick in people's minds," Bream said. "Fortunately for me, I wasn't the one that did the hard part."
Bream, Cabrera and retired umpire Randy Marsh, who ruled Bream safe after he touched the plate just in front of Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere's tag, were all present for an on-field ceremony before Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays.
Twenty years later, Braves fans still talk about where they were "the night Sid slid." But the most remarkable development that evening might have been the fact that Cabrera told Javy Lopez that he was going to produce the game-winning single off Stan Belinda.
Cabrera totaled 10 regular season at-bats in 1992 and would record just 83 more before playing in his final Major League game while just 26-years-old the following year.
"I said I've got to do something so that people know me and it happened," Cabrera said. "It made me feel very happy."
Coincidentally, Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek was in town to watch the festivities. His father, Doug Drabek, completed eight strong innings in that memorable Game 7 and Bream, a former Pirate and Pittsburgh resident, had been like a second father to Toronto hurler.
The younger Drabek said he has watched replays of the memorable game with his father numerous times.
"He likes watching it," Drabek said. "I've probably seen it three or four times with him. He gets upset and yells at the TV when stuff happens. It's real fun to watch it with him."