Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/9/12
Kyle Drabek walked out to center, where Sid Bream was hanging out with some former teammates. Bream saw Kyle and turned and the two hugged each other before chatting a few moments. Bream had been more than a teammate to Kyle's father former major league pitcher Doug Drabek he had been "basically a godfather" to Kyle when Bream and Doug Drabek played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the late 1980s and after Bream moved on. "I used to hang out with his kids all of the time," Kyle said. So Bream, who joined the Braves in 1991, and Kyle used an unusual set of circumstances to stage a reunion on Saturday. Bream was in town for a weekend of festivities with other Braves alumni and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of "The Slide" to beat the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, a game that was started by Doug Drabek. The Braves gave away 20,000 bobbleheads that feature that play on Saturday. Kyle pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays, and started Friday's game against the Braves. To add even more strange coincidences to the weekend: The Blue Jays defeated the Braves in the World Series later that fall. "I find this kind of weird," Kyle said. "It was a weird feeling to have those two teams here and Kyle Drabek on the mound last night," Bream said. Doug Drabek and the Pirates had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth on Oct. 14, 1992, but the Braves' Terry Pendleton doubled to lead off the inning. David Justice reached on an error and Bream walked to load the bases. Stan Belinda relieved Drabek before Ron Gant hit a sac fly to left. Damon Berryhill walked to reload the bases and Brian Hunter popped up for the second out. Braves pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera then delivered a single to left that scored Justice and Bream, who slid in to home just before Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere's tag. "It's just like it was yesterday for me," Cabrera said. "When people in the streets see me, they say, 'Hey Francisco, I remember the hit.' It helps me remember, too. "It's nice to see Sid. I know he made a great effort to score from second base, so I appreciate that he did that. That's why right now I'm a hero." Kyle said he and his older brother Justin and their dad used to watch replays of the game on ESPN Classic. "I've probably watched it three or four times with him," Kyle said. "He gets fired up and yells at the TV when stuff happens. He wasn't mad at the game. It was more about his pitches. He would scream, 'Here comes the hook. Here comes the hook.' "He enjoyed the game. He loved watching it with me and my brother. It was real fun for us to watch it with him." Cabrera lives in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he works for the Cleveland Indians as a hitting instructor in the summer league there. He said he hadn't visited Turner Field in several years. Doug Drabek is the pitching coach for the Visalia (Calif.) Rawhide, the advanced Single-A team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Bream is a businessman and public speaker. "Doug pitched a tremendous ballgame," Bream said. "He was phenomenal that night, and we just happened to get to him in the bottom of the ninth. It's special to me to think (Kyle) is up here and has an awesome potential to be a quality pitcher in the major leagues. I'm excited for him."
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