The loss did not bring the Braves back down to earth, because they had never left it. "If the media had kept the streak a secret, I don't think we would have even known about it," says Blauser. The rest of the league took notice, though. "Their pitching is so good, you can't see them losing five in a row," said rightfielder Tony Gwynn, whose San Diego Padres were six games behind the Braves at week's end. "It's scary for the rest of the division."
And it must have seemed even scarier for Atlanta's foes as they watched replays of Nixon running up the wall. "Next spring training, when we're standing in the outfield comparing our greatest catches, everyone will talk about Otis's catch," says Justice. "When I have grandchildren someday, I'll tell them about Otis's catch. By then, people will be saying he jumped 20 feet in the air. And if we get to the final week of this season and we're in the same spot we were last season—two games up—we'll look back at this night and say, 'Remember when Otis jumped over the fence?' "
Who could forget it?