The organist for the Atlanta Braves continues to make their very best case for a raise this postseason.
Truist Park’s organ antics returned for Sunday’s Game 5 of the World Series. This time around, it was Houston Astros star Alex Bregman who was the subject of a taunt. As Bregman stepped up to the plate in the second inning, the organist played “Free Fallin'” by Tom Petty, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
That song choice was no coincidence — the Astros just dropped Bregman down from No. 3 to No. 7 in the batting order after his struggles in the first four games of the series. But the “Free Fallin'” taunt quickly backfired on the organist. Bregman hit an RBI double in the at-bat to drive in the first run of the game for Houston.
In Friday’s Game 3 of the series, the Braves organist hit Astros infielder Jose Altuve with a much more savage taunt. Bregman’s RBI hit was probably Houston’s way of evening the score with the organist for the time being.
Photo: Oct 29, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) prior to game six of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Dylan Lee had a brutal outing on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, and some of the messages he got on social media afterwards were equally brutal.
The Atlanta Braves lefty started Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros but did not last long. Lee recorded just one out, allowing three of the four batters he faced to reach base before getting pulled. It was the shortest World Series start since 1984.
Though the Braves came back to win by a 3-2 final, Lee shared some of the hate that he got after the game.
“Gotta love Freedom of Speech,” tweeted Lee. “Out of all the random good luck messages, Bible verses, people congratulating me, there will always be people like this.”
Lee included a screenshot of a DM from a user who wrote, “1 whole out!!!!! Good job f–k face” (profanity edited by LBS).
The rookie Lee was making his third appearance of the postseason. He gave up one run in two innings pitched in Game 5 of the NLCS and pitched 0.2 scoreless innings in Game 2 of the World Series.
Classless fans will always exist in sports, especially during championship series. But with the Braves now just one win away from their first World Series title since 1995, they may soon be able to put all that behind them.
Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Dylan Lee (74) pitches in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the 2021 NLCS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Braves certainly appreciated the support of the home fans in their 2-0 Game 3 win on Friday. However, that vocal support may have actually cost the team a no-hitter.
The Houston Astros collected just two hits in Game 3, and didn’t get their first until the 8th inning. That was a weakly-hit fly ball by Aledmys Diaz that dropped between left fielder Eddie Rosario and shortstop Dansby Swanson.
The ball was likely catchable from Rosario’s perspective. However, the left fielder admitted he pulled up a bit because the crowd noise prevented him and Swanson from communicating on the fly ball.
“I started charging it hard right away, and I noticed Dansby was charging hard as well — and he had his back to the ball,” Rosario said through an interpreter, via Marc Feinsand of MLB.com. “Obviously, we’re both trying to make a play on the ball. When I knew I had a bead on it, I was trying to say, ‘I got it, I got it.’ I knew Dansby couldn’t hear me, so at the last minute, knowing we couldn’t communicate, I wanted to make sure I avoided any collision between the two of us, so I just kind of eased up on it right there.”
If there was any doubt, crowd noise — or a lack thereof — can definitely have a huge impact on the players. Obviously, Braves fans weren’t trying to hinder their team’s no-hit bid. That may well be exactly what happened.
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun found himself in a tough spot when he had to battle a fan for a foul ball during Friday night’s game. Calhoun didn’t make the catch, but he certainly helped create a memorable moment instead.
The Diamondbacks right fielder was pursuing a foul ball and reached into the stands to try to make the catch. He found himself up against a young Atlanta Braves fan who reached up and caught the ball without even getting up out of his seat.
Calhoun looked stunned for a moment, then simply congratulated the fan on the catch.
Calhoun knew enough that he couldn’t claim interference, as the ball was clearly in the stands. After all, the kid barely moved to make the grab. At that point, all you can do is laugh.
The kid deserves all the credit here. The ball came right to him and he caught it on the fly without thinking. You’ll see a lot of people do far worse with far less of an excuse.
A young Philadelphia Phillies fan went viral on Friday night after he gave a Freddie Freeman home run ball away to another fan, and the Atlanta Braves star took note of the gesture.
The Phillies fan, whose name is Joshua, was also at the series finale between Philly and Atlanta on Sunday. Freeman surprised the young man during batting practice with a ball that was autographed by both Freeman and Bryce Harper, whose jersey Joshua was wearing.
Freeman needled the fan a bit about not being able to catch his home run ball on Friday night. The ball glanced off Joshua’s glove and it took quite a bit to get it back to him. Some even joked that he gave it away because he felt like he didn’t deserve it.
In the end, it all worked out for everyone. That wasn’t the first time we have seen an awesome gesture from Freeman after a home run. He may play for a team that rivals Joshua’s, but the slugger probably just made himself another fan.
Bryce Harper went viral Friday night for an amusing interaction with an Atlanta Braves fan.
Harper was being heckled by the Braves fan during Atlanta’s win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The fan managed to get Harper’s attention by yelling that the Phillies outfielder would never be as good as Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. However, it was the fan’s repeated mispronunciation of Acuna’s last name that seemed to get Harper’s attention more than anything else.
At one point, Harper can be seen saying “say his name right” to the fan.
This guy should be careful. Harper has a way of getting riled up when fans heckle him. The Braves didn’t pay for it on Friday night, but things could be different on Saturday.
An Atlanta Braves fan died Saturday after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field all the way down to the concrete on the field level.
The Braves announced the sad news on their Twitter feed.
The fan fell during the seventh inning when Alex Rodriguez was up pinch-hitting for the visiting Yankees. NJ.com cites eyewitnesses who say the fan was acting drunk and belligerent all game. The man apparently flew over the railing from the second row head-first. He was yelling at A-Rod:
A fan, who didn’t want to be named, in section 401, told NJ Advance Media it was a man, who was apparently drunk, screaming at the Yankees when A-Rod came to bat. This person said the man flew over her and her two sisters from a row behind her and barely touched them as he went.
She said the fan had been acting belligerently drunk all game. There was still a large wet stain on the railing in section 401 from what she said was his drink. The fans in the area soon left their seats with security, and several rows from the section were cleared out.
Two years ago, another fan fell at Turner Field and died, though that case was ruled a suicide.
Photo: Matthew Farrar/Twitter
An Atlanta Braves fan had the best chance he will probably ever have at a foul ball on Wednesday night, and he may end up with nothing but a broken nose to show for it.
The fan had plenty of space to make the play and he tried to get fancy by catching the ball in his hat. It’s a move we have seen people have success with in the past, but this guy wasn’t as lucky. He missed the ball by about a foot and ended up taking it right to the biscuit.
To make matters worse, the ball bounced off the fan’s face and someone else ended up with it. Hopefully they gave it back to him. If you’re going to have a black eye, you might as well keep the souvenir.
GIF via Pete Blackburn
An Atlanta Braves fan took it a bit too far while trying to distract Bryce Harper on Tuesday night, and he was ejected from the ballpark as a result. During the 6th inning of Washington’s NL East-clinching win over the Braves, a fan could be heard raining four-letter words down on Bryce Harper.
“Bryce Harper you f—ing suck you piece of s—!” the fan said with dignity and class.
To Harper’s credit, the Nationals star ignored the fan and was prepared to continue his at-bat. Home plate umpire Tim Welke, on the other hand, had heard enough. As Big League Stew noted, the fan had reportedly been harassing Harper for several innings.
“Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy!” Welke yelled toward a Turner Field usher. “Get rid of him now!”
The fan was promptly escorted off the premises.
Some fans who heckle players are fortunate enough to later take a selfie with them, but the line has to be drawn somewhere. There are creative and permissible ways to go about trying to distract the opposing team. That guy didn’t use any of them.
The irony of the whole situation is that the Nationals went on to clinch the NL East while the Braves are 5.5 games back in the wildcard race. If Atlanta was in the hunt, there might have been enough noise at Turner field to drown out that fan’s naughty language.
Video via Reddit
If there’s an argument to be made for fans bringing mitts to the park, this would be Exhibit A as proof. I mean this poor Braves fan was just eaten alive by that Albert Pujols home run worse than a shortstop who doesn’t charge a chopper. He had no clue what to do on that ball.
Uhhh, ball’s coming my way, what do I do? He kicks up his leg and still gets hit! Based on the reaction, I wouldn’t be surprised if he broke a bone. Ouch!