When we watched Freddie Freeman hit a monster home run to straight-away center field last night to clinch a playoff spot for the Atlanta Braves, very few of us were aware that only one other player in history had ever done that. Here's ESPN Stats Info:
Freeman is the seventh player in major league history to hit a walk-off home run to clinch a team’s postseason berth.
He is just the second, however, to hit the game-winning homer with his team trailing in the game. The other was Bobby Thomson’s "Shot Heard 'Round the World" for the 1951 New York Giants.
That's right, Freeman can now be mentioned in the same breath as one of the most iconic plays in the history of the game. Yes, the circumstances are a little different, but the result of a playoff berth is the same.
This is just one more reason that last night's game was so special.