Atlanta Braves, Third Baseman
"I didn't go to sleep 'til
7 the next morning."
Where, exactly, was Terry Pendleton going? When Sid Bream slid across home plate, the rest of his teammates either ran toward home or were already standing there when umpire Randy Marsh called Bream safe. But Pendleton? He was headed up the first-base line.
"Everybody was going 'Go Sid! Go Sid!' in the dugout because we knew it was going to be a tough play and a close play," said Pendleton, now the first-base coach for the Braves. "When they gave the safe call, I immediately ran out to second base to where Frankie [Francisco] Cabrera was because he was the one that delivered the hit. Sid, I knew was safe already and I knew guys were starting to run to home plate. So I wanted to make sure Frankie knew we appreciated what he did."
Pendleton, perceptive of his surroundings, gazed out to center field after congratulating Cabrera.
"Looking out there at Andy [Van Slyke] sitting out there on the grass, believe me, it brought back memories of the '85 World Series," he said. Pendleton and Van Slyke had both been with St. Louis when the Cardinals unraveled in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 6 of the 1985 Series. Three outs away from winning it all, they lost Game 6 and then Game 7 to the Kansas City Royals.
"It just seems like you have the game in hand; and within an instant, it seemed like it all just blew up in your face," said Pendleton about '85. "Believe me, I knew that feeling, just like I'm sitting out there on that grass."
In 1992, though, Pendleton was on the winning side.
"For me, it was elation. No doubt," he said. "I didn't go to sleep 'til 7 the next morning. I just couldn't come down; I was just that excited."
-- Anna McDonald, ESPN.com
Randy Marsh, Mike LaValliere, David Justice, Terry Pendleton, Sid Bream, Ron Gant, Brian Hunter, John Smoltz, Andy Van Slyke, Bud Selig
"I wasn't worried
about style points."
"I thought we'd have
[Bream] by a mile."
"Sid was barely safe.
a matter of inches."
7:00 the next morning."
"At that point in time,
it was up to me."
"You always have
that one out left."
"We knew Bonds didn't
have a good arm."
"I was pouting
in the clubhouse."
"I just knew that
it was the end."
Major League Baseball
The celebration began with Sid Bream and David
Justice at the plate as Mike LaValliere's tag was late.
Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Jim Gund