Go ahead and circle August 23rd on your calendar! The Braves will be taking on the New York Mets in Atlanta. As exciting as the Atlanta Braves have been to watch this season, this game will be must-see television for Braves fans.
For the second time this season, Braves legends: Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Jeff Francoeur will take over the Bally Sports South broadcast booth. In addition to watching the MLB’s best team, hearing stories from some of the best players in Atlanta Braves history will create some added excitement.
The first time this four-man broadcast booth was tested out was back on June 8th of this season, also against the New York Mets. It was made clear how much the Atlanta Braves organization still means to all of them and how much they enjoyed their time as players for the franchise.
That game on June 8th was a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair that ended in dramatic fashion. The Braves trailed by one run going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Orlando Arcia blasted a game-tying solo homerun making the score 10-10.
It ended up going to extra innings and the night was capped off with an Ozzie Albies three-run walk-off homerun, giving Atlanta 13-10 victory over their NL East rivals.
The walkoff itself may not have been the most exciting aspect of the game’s ending. John Smoltz’s call of “And that’ll do it!!" followed by "Start the buses!" put some more emphasis on Ozzie’s go-ahead moon shot.
Jeff Francoeur launched out of his chair and shouted “Pour Larry a crown!” (Referring to pouring Chipper a celebratory adult beverage). Matt Olson sported this iconic call on a t-shirt later in the season.
The excitement and energy the fans at home could feel coming from the broadcast booth in Atlanta that night was something special. Giving these individuals the green light to be themselves while taking in Braves baseball and sharing stories is pure entertainment. When they do it again on August 23rd, you will not want to miss it!
Bally Sports South will see you on August 23rd, 2023 at 7:20 p.m. ET. Go Braves!