ATLANTA — It was a fitting end to the Braves 1995 World Series in Atlanta: A local player caught the final out of Game 6, securing the win in front of a hometown crowd.
Marquis Grissom, then 28, was in his first season with the Braves when he caught a fly ball popped up into the outfield by the Cleveland Indians Carlos Baerga, securing the Braves’ victory.
“In to the air, to left center. It’s Grissom! He’s got it!” the announcer said. “And the Atlanta Braves are the champions of the world!”
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Grissom was the only player on the team at the time who was born and raised in Atlanta.
Grissom said he wasn’t even nervous on the play.
“I was just waiting on the ball to come down,” Grissom said. “Seemed like it took forever though.”
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Nearly three decades later, Grissom said he is thrilled to see his hometown team have another shot at the championship.
“That’s what we work for all our life is to win a World Championship,” Grissom said. “Those guys are just so exciting to watch every time they go out on the field.”
Grissom said the team has had some injuries and turmoil, but they have improved and began to gel.
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“And then all of a sudden they got on a roll and started playing well,” Grissom said. “That’s the kind of energy this town has gotten from this team. All year long. And when you get that kind of energy, then it tends to turn over and everybody’s on board. And now, here we are in the World Series.”
Grissom said it’s just about time the Braves win another championship.
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