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Twenty years later, Sid's slide
and the fall of the Pittsburgh
Pirates still stuns

Yahoo! Sports, by Jay Busbee

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Posted By:DaddyO, 10/12/2012 6:59:48 PM

In 1992, Barry Bonds was in the midst of one of the most astonishing performance streaks in baseball history. (snip) David Justice, standing on third, scored easily to tie the game, and behind him, chugging towards home was Sid Bream. Twenty years ago Sunday, the race was on between Sid Bream's woefully slow legs and Barry Bonds' left arm in what today remains as one of the most iconic moments in Major League Baseball history.

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Remember it like it was yesterday.. Sid Bream, slow as bread mold (Sports Illustrated).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bubber, 10/12/2012 7:09:16 PM     (No. 8929134)

I had about twenty people crammed in my basement who went absolutely nuts...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Gagolfer, 10/12/2012 7:20:22 PM     (No. 8929154)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: DaddyO, 10/12/2012 7:28:26 PM     (No. 8929171)

Yahoo sports is terrible about moving stories.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/twenty-years-later--sid-s-slide-and-the-fall-of-the-pittsburgh-pirates-still-stuns.html

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thelmalou, 10/12/2012 7:43:30 PM     (No. 8929197)

CLASSIC moment. I remember Andy Van Slyke just sitting down in the outfield after Sid was called safe. Till that season, us Braves fans were as perenially frustrated and disappointed as Cubs fans. Great memories!!!


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Reply 5 - Posted by: jimmiet, 10/12/2012 7:56:24 PM     (No. 8929220)

A lifelong Pirate fan this was the most sudden end to a ballgame, a season. I'm still in shock.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TN Traveling Man, 10/12/2012 8:04:57 PM     (No. 8929237)

...and I thought this year was going to be different.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dittohead, 10/12/2012 8:06:05 PM     (No. 8929240)

Where were you when Sid slid? I went to college with Sid, nice guy and a night to remember!!!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: sinic, 10/12/2012 8:15:01 PM     (No. 8929263)

Hey #6, as a MA resident and Red Sox fan for well over 40 years...I hear and feel your pain. This story's got nothing on Buckner...NOTHING! I can still see that ball going right through that dipshirts legs. Man, it's time for a beer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fayebeck, 10/12/2012 10:15:35 PM     (No. 8929443)

#4 the Braves were last in 1990 and went to the World Series in 1991 and lost to the Twins. This game was October 1992. It seemed that every night the Braves did something miraculous. Otis Nixon's catch is something I remember well. I think Breams "streak" to the plate was one of the most exciting things I've ever watch in baseball. More exciting than the Thomson homerun in 1951 and Kirk Gibson's homerun in 1988 against the Oakland A's.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: grounded, 10/12/2012 10:29:59 PM     (No. 8929459)

Sid played for the Pirates for five plus seasons before winding up in Atlanta. I remember he was a hugely popular player when he played here in the minors.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/13/2012 12:17:40 AM     (No. 8929542)

Bonds was snorting steroids, so his "achievements" don't even merit an asterisk.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: doublesharp, 10/13/2012 12:47:55 AM     (No. 8929570)

Thanks for these uplifting words. They help.

You see, I'm a Cincinnati Reds fan. We go all year without losing 3 in a row at home and then fold in the playoffs.

And Bill effin Buckner is right. I bet Red Sox big and was spending my winnings when stonefingers took it all away.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 10/18/2012 11:11:55 AM     (No. 8942461)

As a life-long BoSox fan (since '65) I have never - NEVER - blamed Bill Buckner.
With his bad ankles, he should never have been in the game, and putting him in for the sake of some silly reason such as 'he deserved to be in the game. That, and leaving Schiraldi in the game for a 3rd inning was also on McNamara.
By the way, for you Buckner haters: Boston has forgiven him, officially. Perhaps you might, too.
All that aside, and back on topic:

There's some sense of 'pre-justice' that Bonds Jr. was in on this play. The bit about him being a Brave for 24 hours is over-dramatized: the deal never happened, so he was NOT ever an Atlanta Brave for any length of time. After he left the Pirates (after several threats and demeaning his team) he ended up in San Fran, where, curiously his head grew larger (literally and figuratively) and his home run production ballooned. We all know why.
If he's ever put in the Hall, the game of baseball will be dead to me.

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