WATCH: Police Nearly Arrest Tyler Matzek During Atlanta Braves Victory Parade!

Published 11/06/2021, 9:00 AM EDT


As the Atlanta Braves clinched their historical World Series victory, fans welcomed their heroes in the grand World Series Championship Parade around the city. While the players enjoyed the crazy love of the fans, Braves Reliever Tyler Matzek faced a bizarre situation.

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The Braves clinched their first World Series victory in the 21st century. However, as they were celebrating, a police officer mistook Braves star, Tyler as a crazy fan and nearly arrested him.

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Tyler Matzek had to prove his identity to the police officer

Champions Atlanta Braves came home after ending a long-standing losing streak in the MLB. Remarkably, Braves outclassed 2017 Fall Series champions, Houston Astros by 4-2 in the series.

In order to celebrate and thank their fans for their constant support, the Braves organized a grand World Series parade. The parade was conducted in phases, starting from Marietta Street NW and Peachtree Street.

Nov 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) celebrates during the World Series championship parade. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

As the players were interacting and celebrating with fans, Tyler Matzek was also in his victory mood. But a police officer thought Matzek was a random fan dressed up as Matzek. The officer roughly pulled Tyler to the side, leaving him stunned. Tyler then had to convince the officer that he was, in fact, Matzek himself and not someone just wearing his jersey.

 

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It looked like Tyler Matzek even had to reveal his ID, and only then did the officer spare him.

Nov 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek addresses the crowd during the World Series championship rally at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Post-parade celebration and concert

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Braves winning the World Series title is no less than a festival for Atlanta city. A post-parade celebration and concert were also organized for the Atlanta natives. For the concert, Grammy-Award-winning artists, Ludacris and Big Boi were invited to perform at the Truist Park.

Nov 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) celebrates during the World Series championship parade. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Matzek played a prominent role in clinching the victory with a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings outing. The parade incident looked like an honest mistake by the police officer; however, do you think it was fair what happened to the Braves star?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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