Almost three months have passed since the Atlanta Braves took the 2021 MLB World Series against the Houston Astros.
They did it in six games, and the last one was a resounding 7-0 victory at Minute Maid Park, no less.
It’s certainly a game most fans will always remember, as it marked the first time the Braves lifted a World Series trophy since 1995.
For years, the Braves were always looked at as serious candidates to win it all, and failed to deliver.
Baseball is funny, and luck often works in mysterious ways: in the year the Braves were the worst division winners in baseball (88 victories to take the NL East) and were underdogs in all of their playoff series, they win.
You can’t tell us that baseball isn’t romantic.
A Clever Way To Engage
The Braves’ social media team, clever as it is, found a perfect way to engage with fans and remember the Fall Classic victory against the Astros.
A famous airline asked their followers, via Twitter, to name a city that changed their lives.
The Braves, of course, quoted the tweet and wrote “Houston, Texas”, in a clear mention about their phenomenal playoff campaign that ended in a title in that city.
Houston, Texas https://t.co/FHrjtUb6uE
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 22, 2022
The Astros, fresh off eliminating the Boston Red Sox in an exhilarating American League Championship Series, were the slight favorites against Atlanta.
But the Braves had defeated the impressive Milwaukee Brewers and the always powerful Los Angeles Dodgers.
They also had something to prove: showing the world they could win without outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., who suffered a torn ACL in July and missed the postseason.
When that injury happened, many experts and analysts wrote the Braves off.
But they would take down the Astros, winners of the 2017 World Series and finalists in 2019, in six games.
The Braves stole home-field advantage in Game 1, taking it 6-2.
The Astros leveled the series with a 7-2 Game 2 victory.
Then the series went to Atlanta, where the Braves took two out of three to earn a 3-2 advantage.
A Flawless Game To End An Exciting Series
Soler’s dinger against Luis Garcia came with two runners on and gave Atlanta an auspicious 3-0 lead in the third inning.
When that homer left Soler’s bat, the Braves didn’t look back.
Freeman was a monster during the entire postseason, with five home runs and 11 RBI.
He is currently a free agent, and he is reportedly seeking a six-year deal that the Braves, with the player being 32 years old, are reluctant to give away.
If Atlanta indeed lets him sign with another team, which seems unlikely but possible, they will find themselves in a similar situation to last year: they will need to prove they can make it all the way to the World Series without one of their star performers.
They will have Acuna from the start of spring training, and with the supporting cast they have, they remain a powerhouse in the National League.
what a lovely city pic.twitter.com/mWC7eHdS2z
— lex (@dansbyszn) January 22, 2022
For now, the Braves took a chance to reminisce an unforgettable memory: a World Series win.
Fans, of course, had every reason to celebrate.