October 21, 1996 |
Opposing players often find their first visit to Yankee Stadium a lot like their first shot of whiskey. It smells funny and, before you get used to the sting, it can buckle your knees. But Andruw Jones, who won't be old enough to drink for another 18 months, savored his first taste of the Bronx stadium and the World Series last night. "It was fun," he said. The 19-year-old rookie from Curacao belted two long home runs in his first Series at-bats as the Braves rapidly deflated the New York Yankees and their wildly expectant fans with a 12-1 victory in Game 1. "He likes to hit balls that are up," Yankees manager Joe Torre said of his club's scouting report on Jones, "and that held true.
February 14, 1993 |
Thanks primarily to free agency, dynasties are obsolete in baseball. That's the theory, anyway. The Atlanta Braves, however, are doing their best to change that thinking. The Braves of the '90s could become the "Damn Yankees" of their era - the team everyone loves to hate, the team that is in the World Series every year. When Atlanta righthander John Smoltz signed a four-year, $16 million contract last week, it meant the Braves would have four of the majors' top starting pitchers.
July 30, 1999 |
The Phillies, once again, were without Scott Rolen, their top home-run hitter and unquestioned team leader. So, once again, they trotted out a lineup that had a cleanup hitter who has ripped exactly one homer this year. And, once again, their offense looked unstoppable, slamming 13 hits and three homers in a 12-1 romp past the out-of-water Florida Marlins at Veterans Stadium yesterday. Go figure. The resilient Phillies, with rightfielder Bobby Abreu delivering four hits and Chad Ogea pitching one of his strongest games of the season, moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 13, 1995.
October 23, 1991 |
There were strategic second-guesses and there were shifts in the ebb and flow of the game that could have been measured by the Richter scale. There were so many players shuttling in and out that you really couldn't tell them without a scorecard. And, in the end, there was redemption. There was redemption for Braves rightfielder David Justice, who helped cost Atlanta the fifth game of the National League Championship Series when he was called out for failing to touch third on his way to the plate.
October 16, 1996 |
Bobby Cox, his eyes downcast as he fidgeted with the red bill of his cap, shifted his weight uncomfortably from one leg to the other yesterday afternoon. It was hard to tell what was more painful for the Braves' manager, his chronically ailing knees or the questions he was trying to answer politely but vaguely. "No, you just have to play this like any other game, like it's just a normal game," Cox said as about 15 of his players took part in a voluntary workout in preparation for tonight's Game 6 of the National League playoffs - possibly the last event in Fulton County Stadium.
May 28, 1992 |
The Phillies led by a run as Braves starter Tom Glavine pushed a blue helmet over his red hair and hurried to the plate to begin the seventh inning. On the mound, Cliff Brantley knew he would be inviting doom if he allowed the pitcher to reach base. When the Phils' righthander gave him a single and followed that with a pair of walks, he might as well have sent a chauffeur to doom's door. Glavine's hit ignited a seven-run Atlanta explosion in the final three innings as the Braves transformed a 3-2 deficit into a 9-3 victory over the Phillies last night at Veterans Stadium.
October 10, 2010
Best of five . Game 1: San Francisco, 1-0 Game 2: Atlanta, 5-4, 11 inn. Game 3: Sunday at Atlanta Game 4: Monday at Atlanta Game 5: Wed. at San Fran.