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Greg Maddux

It is April 5th, 1993. It is Opening Day. Oh how I love opening day. Hope springs eternal. All is right with the world.

Greg Maddux, signed as a free agent in the offseason. He allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team over 8 1/3 innings.

Mike Stanton gets the last two out in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The 1993 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves’ 123rd in existence and their 28th since moving to Atlanta. The Braves were looking to improve on their 98-64 record from 1992 and win the National League pennant for a third consecutive year.

Despite their excellent regular season, the Braves’ streak of National League pennants ended at two as they fell to the underdog Philadelphia Phillies in six games in the National League Championship Series.

By a twist of fate, the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies in-state rivals, in back-to-back NLCS series in 1991 and 1992, but in 1993, lost to the Pirates in-state rivals.