By Jennifer Ballard
Everyone in the office will tell you that I’m absolutely obsessed with the Braves. So when we got the opportunity to go to one last game before the season ended, I knew exactly which one to attend. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 the Braves were putting Kris Medlen on the mound and playing for a chance to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
The whole crew took the train to the field together, so you can imagine the adventure that was beginning to unfold. Most of the game was spent snacking, chatting and lots of high fiving.
For a majority of the game, the score was: Braves 1, Marlins 1. To some of us, this means that it’s very exciting and anyone could win (even if the Braves should’ve had the fish filleted by the end of the 1st inning.) Unfortunately to others, this meant the game was a little on the boring side.
In his defense, I had guaranteed a win for the Braves earlier that morning. So, by the 7th inning, when the Marlins were winning 3-1, there was a slight feeling of doubt running through some of my peers. I on the other hand, have seen the Braves make some magic in the past, so there wasn’t a doubt in my mind.
So when the bottom of the 9th came around, with the Braves down 1 run, we put on our rally caps and tried to stir it up. Then the Braves did just that. After Chipper Jones hit a lead off double then advanced to third on a wild pitch, all Freddie Freeman needed to do was hit a long fly ball to tie the game. But taking the advice from our Customer Service Manager, Jeremy who said “He should just hit a home run and win the game”, Freddie Freeman did just that. Go ahead and watch the clip.
Needless to say we were all pretty ecstatic. Nothing like seeing the home team clinch a spot in the playoffs and celebrate by jumping around, screaming and high fiving your friends after a long day at work. We didn’t quite celebrate like the Braves did, but they did do a lot more work than us.
Check out more pictures from their celebration at ajc.com, it looks like absolute madness (in the best way!). We stuck around and watched the guys celebrate in the clubhouse (they showed it on Braves Vision, the giant TV in the outfield). Then we all got on the train and made our way back to the office. It was a blast and here’s hoping the Braves take it all the way!