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Goodbye, Guillermo Heredia. we will miss you.

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On November 15 at 3:34 p.m. Atlanta Braves fans received devastating news: fan-favorite Guillermo Heredia has been assigned for assignment.

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From a baseball perspective, it was 100% the right move. With the Braves dealing with a 40-man roster crisis just before the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, Heredia was the obvious choice to forgo. The Braves had already added an outfielder, Sam Hilliard, who had better numbers than Heredia and more promising outputs, Heredia being -0.2 fWAR and 53 wRC+.

But baseball isn’t always about the stats. This is from the same person who thinks that The Braves should sign Joey Gallo Because of his advanced standards and believes in it Spencer Stryder should have won Rookie of the Year Because FIP.

Guillermo Heredia could have -5.0 fWAR and I wouldn’t care. Because although he is not a very good baseball player from a statistical standpoint, he is an excellent baseball player to be had from a recreational perspective.

So, in honor and remembrance of Guillermo Heredia, I thought we could take a look at the best of Guillermo Heredia.

The best of Guillermo Heredia

February 24, 2021

Guillermo Heredia’s trip to Atlanta was met without much fanfare. It was a modest deal to get an unknown player for depth. While most fans wondered who this player was or called for the team to re-sign Shane Green, one fan knew what really happened:

CinMobile aside, few fans knew at the time that this guy would rival the mighty Blooper as the best Braves fan ever.

April 14, 2021

It’s early April and the braves are in trouble. Max Fried hit and start at CF Christian Patch IL. Braves will drop to 4-8 nine hours after this Tweet is sent. The team needs a rescue from a disappointing start.

Heredia makes his Braves debut the next day, starting and going 0-1 with a walk, but Guillermo didn’t break out until April 18th.

April 18, 2021

After being blown away by the Cubs and down to 6-9, the Braves need a win, and they get it. Thanks to five homers, the Braves returned the favor to the Cubs, beating them 13-4. However, there was one outstanding person who shone more than the rest.

Heredia 3-4 with two bombs, including a grand slam. Is this a slugger that the brave got on the cheap? Time will tell, but something… There is something missing from these homing pigeons.

July 4, 2021

Braves header in the bottom 9 down 7-3. They bowl again with four runs to tie it, but they’ll have to go to extras to win it. Our hero, Guillermo, does his turn in the ninth, singles out and eventually scores.

Heredia at this point in the season has been stellar for a team that hasn’t gone above . 500. He has a .360 OBP and has a 118 wRC+. While also playing a solid defense in midfield.

But this day isn’t about what Heredia does in the dish, it’s what happens at the bottom of the 10th.

After Will Smith keeps the fish off the board in the top of the inning, the Braves are looking to get out of it.

After Dansby’s walk, Guillermo’s home run, and Arcia’s walk, the bases are loaded for Kevan Smith (lol, remember him?). The Marlins throw a wild groundout and Austin Riley comes in the net! The brave win!

…except they don’t. Called off and now with the contestants on Days Two and Three, Don Mattingly decided to walk Kevan Smith to face… Max Fried?

Yes, with the pitcher spot, Brian Snitker chose to use their starting pitcher, Max Fried, as a pinch hitter.

Fried takes three balls and hits and then on this pitch he really should have laid off, he does this:

This is probably my favorite ever. How many times in your life have you seen a pitcher hit hard and out of the game with a line hit?

But wait, this is supposed to be about Brave’s million-dollar hype. It wasn’t in the dish. Why do I mention this date?

Because seconds after Fried smoked a liner in the middle, Guillermo Heredia did this:

Storming the field, pink swords in hand, he celebrates the Marlins’ defeat on the mound cutting down the imaginary demons the Braves have banished by taking down Manfred Ball before rejoining the rest of the team and attacking Fried.

It’s time to talk about swords.

pink swords

At some point during the season, Guillermo began imposing a sword celebration. The Braves had already held a Panda celebration, inspired by bench legend Pablo Sandoval, but the team began doubling down, also adding sabers to the homers.

But the swipes of the sword weren’t just on the reptilians, they were the de facto celebration after the strike. Heredia is showing perfect form after his brace against the Padres.

Of course, whenever a new acquisition, like Joc Pederson, comes along, they need to get on board ASAP as well.

But these symbolic gestures were not enough for our friend Guillermo, as we have already seen. He didn’t want to be humble, he needed something to show that he was arrogant.

These adorable pink swords were a staple in the dugout for the rest of the player’s tenure in Atlanta. On the crawlers, Guillermo will inherit one of the sacred swords of the teammate who pushed the ball over the wall and they’ll cut through the air in unison. It has become one of the most beautiful rituals in the game.

“not humble at all”

After the Braves clinched the NLDS against the Brewers in 2021, Bally Sports’ Paul Byrd took a minute to interview the outfielder who helped stabilize the court’s defense in the late innings. Heredia didn’t say much, but did offer his signature line:

He has repeated this many times, particularly after winning the World Championship. With Guillermo’s unwavering faith in his team, his energy and late-game defense helped that team win their first championship in 26 years.

When Yuli Gurriel pulled out with Dansby to end the 2021 World Championships, Guillermo was in the center, and his reaction was ours.

Designated guard

When spring training began after the 2022 lockout, Guillermo was back, but this time, along with Orlando Arcia, he found a new role.

Guillermo’s appearances as a bodyguard were limited, as he was also the team’s full-time cheerleader, along with Blooper, as well as a backup outfielder, but he made his appearances known.

More memories

Finally, before we go, here are some memories that made Guillermo the best player ever at the alt level. If this is truly the end of an era for Guillermo Heredia, it was a pleasure to experience as a fan.

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