The Atlanta Braves, who spent over 110 games in second place of the NL East, have won the 2021 World Series after defeating the Houston Astros in six games.
For the first time in 35 years, the Atlanta Braves are the best team in baseball.
The final series total, perfectly predicted by former player Trevor Plouffe, meant the Braves took two games at home and two at Minute Maid Park. And while the series failed to go the distance, the Braves certainly earned every ounce of their championship rings.
A team rarely finishes the season so differently from the way they started. As injuries ravaged their roster both this season and last, the Braves made a series of trades at the deadline that proved invaluable during their postseason run. Jorge Soler, Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, and 2021 NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario have made a lasting impact on Atlanta’s franchise history, even if they don’t stay with the team beyond this season.
And for two other members of the Brave clubhouse, this moment comes at the end of a long journey to the top. Manager Brian Snitker has been with the Braves organization since the 1980s and was only given the reigns of this team out of necessity. And when the front office began to plan for the future, Freddie Freeman, who has been with the team his entire career, spoke up for Snitker.
Now, both of them, the two longest-tenured members of the Braves dugout, have their well-earned rings. The journey may have been long, but having the words “World Series Champion” precede your name is a reward that makes it all worthwhile.
And while all of those storylines have dominated the airwaves, let’s not forget that this season was also dedicated to the memory of Henry “Hank” Aaron, who passed away in January of 2021. There’s no doubt he had a hand in some of the monstrous home runs hit by Atlanta in the World Series.
And now, as Atlanta rejoices in the streets, baseball begins to prepare for its long winter of hibernation. Will the Braves be able to defend their World Series title? We have months to discuss. But for now, let’s let the Braves enjoy their well-earned victory.
Congratulations, Atlanta Braves fans! This is your moment!
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