Five years ago, the Braves faced the Astros and a catcher named Brian McCann had the greatest game of his career. On Thursday, the Astros officially forgave McCann by trading for him, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't take a step back in time and remember the day McCann lived out the childhood fantasy of every baseball fan.
On May 7, 2011, the Braves' starting catcher was a guy named David Ross, who you may know better by the name "Grandpa Rossy." Ross was due up with two outs in the ninth and the Braves trailing, 1-0, when manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to use Brian McCann as a pinch-hitter. The result couldn't have been better:
The game went into extra innings and McCann took over at catcher. No one could break the tie until McCann took his second at-bat of the game in the bottom of the 11th and sent everybody home for the night:
A pinch-hit, two-out, game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off homer two innings later? That's as good as it gets, folks. The Astros can only hope McCann will start turning in games like that for them instead of against them.