Dear experts at FS1: thank you for counting the Braves out. You should do it more often.
The Braves did what they keep doing every time they seem to have a big game: shatter expectations and prove everybody wrong.
They did just that tonight, taking down the Dodgers in Game 2, riding the momentum from last night’s big win, and adding more coals to the fire with the announcement that Clayton Kershaw would not pitch in Game 2.
If the Braves do one thing well, it’s silence everyone who stands in their way. Even with local-Dodger-fan, Joe Buck, filling the air, the Braves wasted no time at the plate, stopping the Dodgers on their way to a 2-0 series lead. Atlanta rode on the coattails of soon-to-be MVP Freddie Freeman and jazz flute aficionado Ian Anderson over Los Angeles by a score way closer than it should have been, 8-7.
Let’s talk about Freddie for a second. This is a man who will do anything for the A. The living legend doesn’t shoot for applause or acclaim when he’s out there. He just wants play and have a good time. You won’t see any unnecessary flash or animosity from Freeman, just pure, unadulterated love for the game. That love has fueled near-MVP seasons in the last four years. However, If what many of the writers are saying is true, this season won’t be another near miss. Especially if he keeps doing stuff like this in October.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 13, 2020
This is a different Braves team than we’ve seen in past playoff pushes. There’s a noticeable fire behind the young group of superstars that we haven’t seen in a long time. This team is hungry, passionate, and fiercely competitive. It seems that these guys will do everything they can to win. The Braves are on a run that we haven’t seen since the dynasty of the ’90s, and they’re taking that momentum all the way with them. They will not stop until they’re holding the Commissioner’s Trophy.
We’ve had an October that I don’t even think anyone expected. It’s been immensely fun to watch and a privilege to be behind. But, we’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve got two more to take until we’re back in the Fall Classic.
Game 3 is tomorrow at 6:08 ET with the Braves on the home side of the dugout. We’ve had our fun and proven our worth; now it’s time to take what’s ours. Get some rest, Braves country. It’s time to do it all over again tomorrow.