The Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series in impressive fashion, beating the Houston Astros in six games and capping off a terrific run. After losing star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. early in the season, many thought the Braves season was over. At the halfway point of the season, they had a rather disappointing record of 40-41 and a 0.3 percent chance of making it to the postseason.
But, after acquiring Jorge Soler, Eddie Rosario, and Adam Duvall at the trade deadline, the Braves got hot and managed to win the division after the Mets collapsed. Even still, not many would have predicted them to make it past the NLDS, facing a tough Brewers team. However, the Brewers' offense got cold and Atlanta beat Milwaukee in four games. They moved forward to the NLCS, facing their toughest challenge yet in the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team that won 106 games in the regular season. Atlanta won in six games. And now, after beating the Astros, the Braves sit on top as World Series champions. And who's the MVP? Jorge Soler, one of their trade deadline pick-ups.
The win is huge for Atlanta because, in the past couple of years, the city has not had good postseason luck for any of its teams. Just last year the Braves blew a 3-1 NLCS lead against the Dodgers, and the Hawks lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs. Let's not forget about how the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. The win also comes in the same year that Braves legend Hank Aaron passed away. What the Braves have done is the definition of a magical run and fans are rightfully enjoying the moment. Heading into the offseason, the Braves will certainly have to look into signing their star first baseman Freddie Freeman, who may be heading into free agency.
The story of the 2021 Atlanta Braves is an interesting, and unlikely one, and it will no doubt be remembered for a long time.