ATLANTA -- Sid Bream was a little too old to recreate the memorable slide and Francisco Cabrera might no longer have the strength to deliver what remains one of the most celebrated hits in Braves history. But the two created excitement when they were reunited to stir memories of the thrilling conclusion of Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series.
Playing the role of unlikely hero against the Pirates on Oct. 14, 1992, Cabrera was called out of the bullpen where he had been warming up pitchers, to pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He delivered the two-run single to left that allowed Bream just enough leeway to lumber from second and score just ahead of Barry Bonds' throw.
"As a ballplayer, you're always hoping to do something that will stick in people's minds," Bream said. "Fortunately for me, I wasn't the one that did the hard part."
Bream, Cabrera and retired umpire Randy Marsh, who ruled Bream safe after he touched the plate just in front of Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere's tag, were all present for an on-field ceremony before Saturday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays.
Twenty years later, Braves fans still talk about where they were "the night Sid slid." But the most remarkable development that evening might have been the fact that Cabrera told Javy Lopez that he was going to produce the game-winning single off Stan Belinda.
Cabrera totaled 10 regular season at-bats in 1992 and would record just 83 more before playing in his final Major League game while just 26-years-old the following year.
"I said I've got to do something so that people know me and it happened," Cabrera said. "It made me feel very happy."
Coincidentally, Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek was in town to watch the festivities. His father, Doug Drabek, completed eight strong innings in that memorable Game 7 and Bream, a former Pirate and Pittsburgh resident, had been like a second father to Toronto hurler.
The younger Drabek said he has watched replays of the memorable game with his father numerous times.
"He likes watching it," Drabek said. "I've probably seen it three or four times with him. He gets upset and yells at the TV when stuff happens. It's real fun to watch it with him."
Simmons knocks first career homer in win
ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons does not remember exactly what he felt after he drilled his first career home run off Drew Hutchison in the seventh inning of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. But the Braves' rookie shortstop will never forget the moment.
"It was amazing," Simmons said. "I try to hide my emotions when I'm happy. But I couldn't this time."
After drilling Hutchison's first-pitch slider over the left-field wall to open the bottom of the seventh inning, Simmons completed a home run trot that he has not practiced much over the past couple years. He totaled six home runs in 1,039 plate appearances at the Minor League level.
When Simmons returned to the dugout, his teammates greeted him with the silent treatment. As they ignored him for a few seconds, he stood beside the bat rack and acted like he was exchanged high-fives.
"I can't remember how fast I went," Simmons said. "I saw the guys sitting down. I've got a good read on them. I've been around them a little bit. I knew what they were doing."
When the Braves promoted Simmons to begin his reign as their starting shortstop at the beginning of this month, they were looking forward to the dependability he would bring with his glove. Along with legitimizing the hype about his defensive skills, he has managed to hit .292 (7-for-24) with a double, triple and homer in the first seven games of his career.
"He's a great, talented kid. It's a lot of fun to watch him play," Uggla said. "He got that first homer today. It's something special. I still remember mine like it was yesterday."
Teheran to start in place of injured Hudson
ATLANTA -- The Braves will promote their top pitching prospect Julio Teheran to start Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays in place of Tim Hudson, who has recently been bothered by bone spurs in his left ankle.
With the belief that Hudson needs just a few extra days of rest, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Teheran will likely make the start and immediately return to Triple-A Gwinnett. The 21-year-old right-hander has gone 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts this season.
After completing his first complete game and shutout of the year against the Marlins on Tuesday, Hudson said that he was shocked with the results. On Saturday, he revealed that his ankle had bothered him throughout the game and had gotten worse as the week progressed.
Hudson gained some relief after receiving a cortisone shot after struggling to get through a bullpen session on Friday. But the Braves will provide him at least a few extra days to rest the ankle. There is a chance he could return for Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees.
"If it keeps improving from the way it did yesterday to today, it will be fine," said Hudson, who did not experience any further problems after receiving a cortisone shot to heal the same left ankle ailment last year.
Hudson said his ankle bothered him so much before Tuesday's game, that he exited the bullpen with some concerns that he might not even make it through the first inning.
"I told Livo [Hernandez] coming out of the bullpen that he might want to start stretching his legs out because I don't know how good this is going to go," Hudson said.
This will be Teheran's first Major League start since he beat the Mets on Sept. 8. He went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in the three starts he made for Atlanta last year.
Chipper might be activated for Sunday's game
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez still thinks Chipper Jones will likely return to the lineup for Monday night's series opener against the Yankees. But he said Saturday that there is a chance the veteran third baseman could be activated from the disabled list to play Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
"It's cooler for a 1:30 [p.m.] game in Atlanta, than it is in Rome," Gonzalez playfully said.
Jones went 0-for-3 with a strikeout while playing seven innings in Class A Rome's game against Augusta on Saturday night.
Given a choice, Jones likely will not return to Class A Rome to play a third Minor League rehab game on Sunday. But after playing on Friday and Saturday, the 40-year-old veteran might need at least one more day to simply rest. Jones felt some normal soreness after he played five innings on Friday. This marked the first time he had started a game getting hit on the left calf with a line drive on May 18.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.