Atlanta — Before the Atlanta Braves Championship parade made its way up I-75 to Truist Park in Cobb County, the team made sure to return to their roots.
The Braves championship parade began in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, with thousands of fans lining the street to celebrate the Braves first World Series championship since 1995.
The Champions, in a motorcade that included F150’s, trolly cars and the classic double decker buses, headed down historic Peachtree street to celebrate with the city.
The only thing that could have made the day better was seeing the Commissioner’s Trophy drive down Hank Aaron Boulevard.
The parade never made it down to the Summerhill neighborhood on Atlanta’s Southeast side, and for many Black Braves fans this remains a tough subject.
“Its complicated,” said Braves fan Philip Butler when I asked him about the Braves Championship. “I’m from Atlanta and I love this city, but we know what the move to Cobb was about and I don’t necessarily rock with that. But I will always root for Atlanta, it’s that simple.”
But if for only one day, it wasn’t about where the Braves call home or the 14 mile distance between old Turner Field and their new stomping grounds.
“26 years of heartbreak, and we finally made it,” said Jarrett King, a 32 year old lifelong Braves fan. “We’ve have blown leads with the Braves, Chipper only got one ring, we already know about the Falcons… but this one was for OG Atlanta. We finally got one. I have never seen a parade in Atlanta for something that mattered until today.”
The city came out to celebrate the team that, at least for this year, put to rest years of post season heartbreak to finally deliver a championship.
There will always be the “28 to 3” jokes, referencing the Falcons Super Bowl collapse, but the Braves clinching this title In Houston felt like a gift from the Sports gods.
Even after winning a championship and announcing their victory celebration, there was still speculation that two different parades was a sign that the Braves abandoned the city for their shiny new digs up north.
When I asked Braves fan Brian King about this sentiment, he gave a different perspective.
“They still have Atlanta across their chest. They may be in a different county, but they are technically still in Atlanta. The fact that the parade came through Atlanta and not just Cobb County shows you that they still have love for Atlanta.”