PTSD: World Series Edition
The Atlanta Braves did it!
It was a quiet outing for our beloved Joc Pederson, but the Braves finally put away the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 6 of the NLCS to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1999. The Braves were lifted by tremendous performances by Tyler Matzek and Eddie Rosario, and now the only thing standing in the way of an Atlanta championship is the Houston Astros.
The Braves have been on a wild ride that no one expected up to this point. Usually when a team loses 3 All-Stars they don’t improve, but that’s exactly what happened with the Braves and their shrewd midseason acquisitions. I am expecting big World Series contributions from Jorge Soler, Ozzie Albies, and reigning NL MVP Freddie Freeman. Also, I’d like to point out how ridiculous it is that Austin Riley won’t win the NL MVP but a player that didn’t even make the playoffs — Bryce Harper, Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto — will probably win it. That makes no sense to me at all, but I’ve digressed.
The reward for this miraculous Braves season is that they get to now face the AL Pennant winner, the infamous Astros team. The reason I use the term “infamous” to describe them is because of their involvement in a sign-stealing cheating scandal during their past two trips to the World Series. The Astros were found guilty to have developed an intricate technological system to decode what signals the catcher was giving to the pitcher and relay this information to its players by banging on trash cans in the dugout whenever a non-fastball was being thrown. I have a hard time believing that an organization that has admitted cheating on the largest stage of them all and still has all of the same key players as before has all of a sudden stopped cheating.
So prepare yourself for a wild next two weeks as the Atlanta Braves attempt to fight Atlanta sports PTSD, ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez, the looming weight of another potential cheating scandal and the expectations of millions of people in Braves Country to try to hang another banner in Truist Park. So I need everyone to get up and prepare your chop arm.
And most importantly, go Barves!
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