Braves players and staff lifted their 1-0 series lead with a dramatic win over the Astros on Friday
Braves manager Brian Snitker is expecting a “wild” crowd when his team host Houston in Game 3 of the World Series on Sunday night.
An unforgettable ninth inning on Friday saw Johan Camargo reach base on a botched pick-off attempt, and pinch runner Ozzie Albies score the game-winning run from third after a bad throw by Jose Altuve.
“It was fun to have a crowd that lets you know they’re part of it,” Snitker told BBC Sport.
“I think they’ll all be ready.”
Sitting in the dugout as the game was being played, Snitker said he was “having a lot of fun” and had to remind himself that “there was a game to be played”.
“It was a little scary, but a lot of fun,” he added.
Houston beat the Boston Red Sox to lift the World Series title last year and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, but have been knocked out by the Atlanta Hawks in NBA play-offs at this stage.
Hawks fan Camargo, who captained the National League team in the World Series, said the atmosphere in the Braves’ stadium will be unlike anything he has experienced before.
Camargo, who hails from Havana, Cuba, said he was grateful to the home crowd, but that they also have to accept that they did not help the team enough.
“It was an incredible series,” he said. “But yeah, there’s nothing like playing at home, with the fans on their feet, the American flag coming out behind the mound.
“Those fans, I hope they enjoy the series.”
“The Braves fans really enjoyed themselves. The streets are alive in Atlanta,” added a red-faced general manager John Coppolella.
Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb said the euphoria in the crowd had been “indescribable”.
“We love them right back,” he said.