Your Atlanta Braves are World Series Champions after a 26-year drought. The city of Atlanta deserves a championship, and in a season dedicated to the greatest baseball player of all time, Braves Country and Hammerin’ Hank are celebrating their tails off, whether that be on earth or in the skies.
I went to the NLDS Game 4 when Freddie Freeman delivered a solo home run in the eighth inning off Josh Hader to advance to the Leauge Championship Series. I went to Game 2 of the NLCS when Eddie Rosario walked off, capping a come-back win. I went to Game 6 of the NLCS when Tyler Matzek came on with runners on second and third with no outs and was able to strike out the side. Finally, I went to Game 4 of the World Series, where Atlanta’s lineup was held mostly in check until Dansby Swanson hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh, and Jorge Soler followed it up with a sharp hit ball to left that just cleared the fence — the back-to-back blasts turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory.
Those are just my personal experiences, but Braves Country has a million more. This team provided so much happiness for so many people, and now, these memories will live forever in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The spikes worn by Braves Game 6 starter Max Fried, who pitched six shutout innings after having his ankle stepped on at first base, made it to New York. The batting helmet worn by World Series MVP Jorge Soler, the glove used by NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario, the hat worn in Game 6 by Dansby Swanson, and Brian Snitker‘s jersey from Games 1 and 2 are some of the other artifacts that made it to Cooperstown. Of course, the face of the franchise, Freddie Freeman, had his bat that he homered and doubled with from Game 6 enshrined. Will Smith‘s cleats also made the cut after not allowing a single run in 11 postseason appearances. A Clifton Park native, Ian Anderson‘s hat from Game 3, where he tossed five no-hit innings, also made the cut.
But, the most prolific item that arrived to the baseball Hall of Fame has to be Joc Pederson‘s pearls.
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 10, 2021
Pederson launched two pinch-hit home runs in the NLDS and another in the NLCS, but his most crucial contribution turned into a trend around Atlanta. The pearls symbolized the Braves’ unwavering belief that they could do the impossible, and now they’ll be immortalized in Cooperstown.