By: MADISON MCCARTHY / STAFF WRITER
Time to party like it's 1995 — for the first time in 26 years the Atlanta Braves are World Series champions! The Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, to bring home the World Series title in six games. In addition, outfielder Jorge Soler was named the MVP of the series, making him the second Cuban-born player to receive the honor in history.
Baseman Freddie Freedman has never played for any other team, and after 12 long years with the Braves, he is finally part of the winning team.
Marietta, Georgia’s shortstop Dansby Swanson, also had a big night with a two-run home run in the fifth inning and securing the final out of the game.
Despite the team's big win, the odds were not in the Braves' favor for most of the season.
On July 10, 2021, the Braves lost star player Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.
The MLB deadline for trade acquisition came in July, and the Braves picked up four outfielders: Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall, and Jorge Soler. However, the team did not secure a winning average until August 8th, 2021.
They also lost star pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg in the third inning of the first game of the world series. He pitched 16 times after being hit by a 102 mph fastball before leaving the game.
As a born and raised Georgia sports fan, I know these nights a few and far between. The dreaded “Atlanta sports curse” has been broken, and the Braves return home champions for the first time in my life.
The team plans to celebrate Friday, November 5, 2021 with a parade with many Metro Atlanta school districts giving students and staff the day off to join the celebration.