Black Fans Celebrate Atlanta Braves Championship | Braves Bring World Series Title To The A

Black Fans Celebrate Atlanta Braves Championship | Braves Bring World Series Title To The A

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.”

Astros Bats Keep Dusty’s Dream Alive | Houston Has To Slug Its Way To The World Series

Astros Bats Keep Dusty’s Dream Alive | Houston Has To Slug Its Way To The World Series

ATLANTA– After another ice cold showing from the Houston Astros offense on Saturday night, we all began to ponder out loud if Dusty’s chance at a World Series had once again slipped through his hands.

Dusty didn’t offer any excuses for the situation, but instead reiterated the faith he has in his ballclub. That faith was rewarded Sunday night, as the Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves 9-5 to force this series back to Houston for Game 6.

The Braves jumped out to a four-run, first inning lead thanks to a two-out grand slam by Adam Duvall. But unlike Saturday, the Astros were able to respond early and often.

“I was trying to figure out a way how we can chip away and get back in that game,” Baker told Ken Rosenthal on FOX TV after the victory. “But mostly, trying to figure out how to keep it at four.”

The Braves would add one additional run, but once Dusty went to his bullpen, Atlanta was held scoreless for 6 ⅔ innings. 

Feeble Bats Wake Up 

But there were still runs to score, and the Astros hadn’t been able to do much in that department since Game 2. Now when looking to explain such a drastic shift in offensive output, you need to look no further than the lineup.

With his team on the brink of elimination, Dusty dropped third baseman Alex Bregman to seventh and ran with his hottest six hitters at the top of the lineup. Armed with a new batting order, the Astros were able to do something we haven’t seen from them since they dismantled the Boston Red Sox last round; score runs in bunches. 

The Astros scored two in the second and third, three in the fifth and two more insurance runs to end Atlanta’s postseason home win streak at eight games.

“Carlos swung the bat great, we got a big double outta Bregman and so I’m just glad we get to take it back to Houston,” said an excited Baker. 

“That was our goal today, to get it back to Houston and it’s just one game at a time now.”

The way both managers handle the bullpen will be important in the final two games of this series. The key to an Astros win, however, lies in the bats. The Astros core players — from Altuve to Correa to Brantley — have to pound their way to the title, which won’t be an easy task.

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Dusty & Fabulous Baker Boys Down To Last Strike

Dusty & Fabulous Baker Boys Down To Last Strike

ATLANTA – Here we go again.

On Saturday Night, The Houston Astros blew a 2-0 lead to the Atlanta Braves in dramatic fashion and eventually fell 3-2 at Truist Park.

The victory puts the Atlanta Braves just one win away from their first World Series title since 1995.

As for the Houston Astros head honcho, it’s just more of the same.

The joy of becoming the first Black manager to capture both a National and American League Pennant has quickly subsided, and now Dusty Baker yet again finds himself one game from playoff elimination.

The Astros jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, mainly due to the heroics of Jose Altuve, who was berated with “Cheater” chants every time he stepped in the box. But even with a lead, Houston failed to deliver the kill shot early, which proved to be costly.

Houston was a disastrous 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men on base throughout this game. Seven of those 11 men were stranded in the first three innings alone, a mistake that gave Atlanta more than enough time to battle back like they’ve done all season long.

“Usually they do, usually we pick those runners up,” said a disappointed but not defeated Dusty Baker after the game. “We left quite a few runners on base, I think we left 11 runners on base. Then we didn’t have a bunch of chances other than the first four innings.”

The first sign of trouble for the Astros came in the bottom of the 6th, when an Austin Riley single put the Braves on the board to cut their lead in half. Fortunately for Dusty, his bullpen was able to strand two runners on second and third to end the inning.

Unfortunately for Houston, that small spark carried over to the next inning, where the Braves would take the lead once and for all.

Dansby Swanson sent an 0-2 pitch high into the Cobb County sky to tie the game and  then 2019 AL home run champ Jorge Soler smoke a 2-1 rocket into the left field bullpen to put the Braves up for good.

“Javier has been outstanding,” said Baker when asked about losing pitcher Christian Javier. “He just found too much of the plate on a two strike count to Swanson, and then he hung a breaking ball on the inside to Soler.”

Two mistakes. That’s all it took to push Dusty’s squad to the brink of elimination.

If this is truly his last shot at a World Series title — something that would be considered the crown jewel of an already exquisite baseball resume — those two pitching mistakes by Javier may echo in history forever.  Or at least until next season.

But that’s baseball. Dusty’s already exceeded the expectations and executed one of the finest managerial jobs of his career considering all of the external issues he’s had to deal with while winning  games on the field.

 

Grand Opening, Grand Closing | Anderson & White Sox Eliminated in Emphatic Fashion

Grand Opening, Grand Closing | Anderson & White Sox Eliminated in Emphatic Fashion

It looks like Tim Anderson will have to settle for personal achievements this season.

After overcoming a 4-run deficit Sunday night to force a Game 4, the Chicago White Sox gave their fans an ending more disappointing than the Sopranos Series Finale, getting wacked 10-1 by the Houston Astros.

The blowout loss was a harsh finish to a season which saw the Sox claim a division crown alongside Anderson’s emergence as a true superstar and franchise cornerstone.

Tim Anderson Remains The Spark

But like the White Sox have said all season; as Tim goes, they go.

Unfortunately, Anderson went 0-for-4 on Tuesday, and the White Sox were unable to recapture the same comeback magic they found Sunday night.

The White Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Astros once again battled back to take a 5-1 lead and would never trail again.

Houston overpowered the White Sox in every facet of the game, including at manager. Dusty Baker sonned his former rival Tony LaRussa all series, countering every move LaRussa had with a better of his own.

Both men have said the rivalry is behind them, but a beating like this seems personal.

As for Anderson, there is still plenty to be proud of this season. The White Sox won their first division championship in 13 years and appeared in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.

TA7 Stepped It Up 

Now TA7 will always be known as a hitter, but another aspect of his game that has drastically improved is his defense.

In 2019, the last full MLB season, Anderson had 26 errors and a .951 fielding percentage.

This season TA cut his errors down to 10, while raising his fielding percentage to .971.

Next Season Can’t Come Soon Enough 

The White Sox came into this season with World Series aspirations and are leaving it with a rude awakening.

This team is young, exciting and full of talent. But when it comes to dethroning the heavyweights, there is still more to be done.

Tim Anderson Continues to Deliver As White Sox Stay Alive In ALDS

Tim Anderson Continues to Deliver As White Sox Stay Alive In ALDS

Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox aren’t dead yet.

Powered by another three-hit game from their MLBbro superstar shortstop, the White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 12-6 Sunday night on the Southside to hold off elimination one more day.

In a game where stakes couldn’t have been any higher for the Sox, Anderson stepped to plate in the first inning and picked up right where he left off the night before.

Anderson led off the game against Astros Rookie of the Year candidate Luis Garcia with the first of his three hits Sunday night, and would eventually come around to score the first of two runs.

The hits have always been consistent with Tim, but Sunday night he made sure to stuff the boxscore for his squad. Anderson finished the game with three hits, two runs and his first RBI of the postseason.

Sunday’s victory served as further proof that Anderson of why he is considered the heart and soul of this baseball team.

“Timmy goes, we go,” said catcher Yasmani Grandal after the exciting comeback victory. “That’s just the name of the game. He can do things with the bat. He can do things with his legs. He’s a very smart player.”

The Astros fought to tie this game up after the White Sox opening shot, and even briefly held a lead. But whenever momentum seemed to be shifting toward Houston, Anderson would snatch it back for the Southsiders.

Anderson pushed his playoff hit total to 16 in his first six career playoff games, and now has one more opportunity to keep his team’s World Series hopes alive.