The Atlanta Braves Won the World Series


The Atlanta Braves after the final out in the 2021 World Series

Grayson Odenwelder, Reporter

On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series. After not being in the World Series for 22 years, the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros by a score of 7-0 in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas. The Braves have had everything but an ordinary season. With the loss of two of their best players, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka, the Braves had to go through all kinds of ups and downs to get where they are now. Towards the middle of their season, the braves were barely above .500, they would win a few games, then lose a few, and this happened throughout the beginning of the season. They were in 3rd place in the NL East behind the Mets and the Phillies for half of their season. After the middle of the season, the Braves finally figured out the way that they would move into 1st place. With the addition of Jorge Solar, Joc Pederson, and Eddie Rosario, the Braves finally started catching up to the division leaders. At the end of the season, the Braves were in 1st place with 88 wins and 72 losses. They got through regular season and won in their division, but then they started facing powerhouses of teams, the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, and White Sox. All these teams had 90+ wins and the Dodgers and Giants had over 100 wins, giving them the highest number of odds to win the World Series. The first team that the Braves had to beat were the Milwaukee Brewers and the Braves won the series 3-1. The next games the Braves played were against the powerhouse Dodgers. After beating the Giants, the Dodgers were feeling hot, and they were ready to play. After last season, the Braves took these games personal, the Braves won the series 4-2, taking them to the World Series, against the Astros. The Braves started off hot, winning the first 3 games in a seven-game series. The Astros won the next 2 games, making the series 3-2 and sending the series back to Houston. During game 6, in Houston Texas, the Braves came out hot. Their starting pitcher, Max Fried threw 6 shutout innings. The Braves took a 7-0 lead and won the game, giving the Braves their first World Series win since 1995. In an interview with Cayden Chitwood, a longtime Braves fan, I asked her a few questions about the Braves. How did it feel watching the Braves win the World Series? “It was a great feeling, after losing last year I was really excited to watch them in the World Series and even more excited to see them win.” What was your initial reaction after the final out? “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, I was in shock for a few minutes after the final out but then I celebrated, but still in a little shock, I couldn’t believe it was happening.” Were you nervous when the game started? “Yes. I was super nervous, knowing how strong the Astros hitters were, I was very nervous for Game 6.” In an interview with Kelsey Cone, a lifelong baseball fan and a Braves fan, we asked her a few questions regarding the Braves in the World Series. Were you nervous when Houston won game 5? “Yeah, I was starting to get nervous, the Astros are super strong in hitting and after they won game 5, I just hoped they didn’t get hot and start hitting the ball.” What were your feelings before the start of game 6? “I was nervous, I, along with everyone else in America, wanted to Braves to win, I was just hoping they would be able to win.” What was your reaction after the final out? “I was getting excited throughout the whole game, the Braves were hitting the ball and the Astros couldn’t hit, but during that final out I was jumping up and down, then I saw the final groundball to Dansby Swanson, and I knew it was over, I was super excited.” The Braves were Americas team this year, after the Astros cheating scandal, no one, besides Houston fans, wanted the Astros to win. The Braves were able to win and give America what it wanted.