Of all the Atlanta sports teams, the Braves are by far the most popular nationwide.
There are several reasons for that. First and foremost, when the team was owned by Ted Turner, they were broadcast nationally on TBS. They are also the only Atlanta sports team to deliver any sustained success, and there are no competing teams around them in the southeast. People from all around the country love to rock a tomahawk across their chest when the Braves come to town, which is why it is no coincidence that so many players who join the organization grew up rooting for the team in Atlanta.
That is the case for the Braves’ latest acquisition Chris Sale. In his first media appearance since the trade, he told reporters he was surprised by the trade, but he grew up a (Braves) fan and is excited to join an organization that’s well-liked across the league.
Chris Sale discusses the process of being traded to Atlanta ⤵️
"I've heard nothing but great things about the Braves organization, the guys on the team. I'm from the South so Atlanta had a big part of me being a (Braves) fan growing up." pic.twitter.com/svJQpwgOBY
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) January 4, 2024
I don’t care how many times new faces join the Braves organization and say the same thing, it never gets old, especially considering how the Falcons and Hawks are looked at by players in those leagues.
Whether players are fans of the Braves or not, everyone recognizes how well the organization is run and knows the expectation in Atlanta is to compete for championships.
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