Atlanta Braves 2021 World Series Champions

from Anthony Castrovince, with

Braves crowned World Series champs

HOUSTON — They’ll play it in perpetuity, whenever Atlantans assemble to remember the good times. They’ll play it in the reel with David Justice’s game-winner and Sid Bream’s slide. They’ll play it with the peace of knowing that, unlike so many moments of hope in their city’s tortured sports history, it did not come undone in the aftermath.

What they’ll see is World Series MVP Jorge Soler, dropping his bat, turning to his teammates and smacking his chest as the ball he’d just belted sailed over the railroad tracks that line Minute Maid Park’s outermost edge. They’ll watch that indelible image from World Series Game 6 and know it was the night that the Braves’ 7-0 victory over the Astros completed one of the most spectacular late-season surges in baseball history.

The Braves — the 88-win team that, via Joc Pederson’s playoff prowess, inspired men, women and children to don pearl necklaces — will now be fitted with diamond rings. They are World Series champs for the fourth time in franchise history and just the second since moving to Atlanta in 1966.