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The Braves win the World Series

Aaron Best, Staff Writer

On Nov. 2, 2021, the Atlanta Braves became the new champions of Major League Baseball. After a season riddled with injuries and inconsistencies, the Braves managed to pull off one of the greatest postseason performances in recent memory.

After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League (NL) Championship Series in a fantastic six-game series, Atlanta kept the ball rolling for another six games and defeated the Houston Astros for the trophy. 

Fueled by outstanding performances from the likes of left fielder Eddie Rosario and World Series MVP outfielder Jorge Soler, the Braves overcame tremendous adversity to become the champs. 

After losing arguably the greatest young talent in Major League Baseball — outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. — many fans wrote off the Braves as World Series contenders.

Although they managed to win their division, it wasn’t a major accomplishment, given the lack of strength in the NL East. Still, the Braves fought through every hardship and managed to come out on top.

Westmont baseball player and fourth-year Paul Mezurashi had this to say about the series: “From the start, I thought the Braves were going to win it … On the other hand, I just did not want the Astros to win. It’s awesome that Freddie Freeman finally got his ring too — it was well deserved — but nothing tops the bomb and absolute pimp job that Jorge Soler gave us.”

Mezurashi is talking about Jorge Soler’s three-run, out-of-the-park, go-ahead home run in the second inning of game six. Ultimately, that home run set the tone for the rest of that game, with which the Braves would close out the series. 

The Braves had many notable performances throughout the World Series. These include Soler’s three home runs in games one, four and six, and shortstop Dansby Swanson’s two home runs.

The Braves’ pitching was also exceptional. Pitcher Max Fried had six scoreless innings in game six. This victory was a whole-team effort for the Atlanta Braves. In total, the team hit 11 homers, scored 25 runs and had 48 hits in the World Series alone. 

While the Braves may have been unlikely World Series winners, their 2021 postseason run will go down as one of the most memorable and significant runs in the history of baseball. Whether or not you’re an Atlanta fan, it’s undeniable that this team deserved everything they accomplished this year. 

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