Marcell Ozuna posing for a fake selfie after home run is everything (Video)

Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Marcell Ozuna strikes a poses before touching first base on his mammoth blast.

Marcell Ozuna posted for a fake selfie after his two-run shot to lift the Atlanta Braves.

Even though the Braves were up 1-0 before Ozuna connected on Raisel Iglesias‘ offering in the bottom of the eighth inning, the towering shot from the NL’s home run and runs batted in champion will go down as the signature moment of Atlanta’s monumental postseason victory. Because of that tater, Atlanta has advanced in the postseason for the first time since 2001.

Marcell Ozuna is to fake selfies as Jose Bautista was to bat flips.

It was petty as all hell, but Braves Country loved every flipping second of it. As it was with Trevor Bauer doing Trevor Bauer things walking off the mound yesterday, it wasn’t disrespectful to the opposition. It was not meant to be demeaning of Iglesias, but rather for Ozuna to capture a magical moment for him and the tortured Atlanta fanbase. This was when they were advancing.

Prior to shutting out the Cincinnati Reds over the course of 22 combined innings the last two days, the last time Atlanta had defeated a postseason opponent to reach the next round came over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2001 NLDS. Interestingly enough, Ozuna was on the 2019 St. Louis team that handed the Braves the Worst Inning Ever in Game 5 of the NLDS a season ago.

Ozuna was a late free-agent signing by the Braves. While he had been a terrific player from his earlier days with the division rival Miami Marlins, he was an inconsistent player for the Redbirds prior to coming to Atlanta. He had the tall task of replacing The Bringer of Rain in slugger Josh Donaldson. Ozuna may be too expensive to come back next year, but what a pickup he has been.

Along with NL MVP favorite Freddie Freeman, who lifted the Braves in the bottom of the 13th inning yesterday with his walk-off single, they have been the cornerstones of Atlanta’s vaunted offense. Had this team been any less menacing at the plate, the Braves may not have won a third straight NL East crown, let alone advanced in the postseason for the first time in 19 years.

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With either the Marlins or the Chicago Cubs meeting them at Minute Maid Park in Houston for the NLDS, Atlanta faces little pressure, as the Braves just got the proverbial monkey off their back. Yes, this team should get to the NLCS, as the Braves are the No. 2 seed in the NL. However, a postseason series victory was the bare minimum this team needed to accomplish in 2020.

If the Braves don’t bring back Ozuna on a new contract, we won’t get more moments like this.