Braves fans are having ugly flashbacks after Dodgers hit back-to-back homers

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Atlanta Braves fans just can’t catch a break.

Imagine being an Atlanta sports fan here in 2020.

Now imagine your Atlanta Braves are up 3-1 on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1999. You’ve conditioned yourself to block out the painful memories of Super Bowl LI, of all the leads the Atlanta Falcons have squandered, of years of irrelevance for the Atlanta Hawks.

But of course, because you’re an Atlanta sports fan, you’re used to watching your teams snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After the Braves were humiliated in Game 5 in a win-and-advance scenario, it was hard to ignore the sinking feeling that this was a series again. Early in Game 6, when Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit back-to-back homers for the Dodgers in the bottom of the first inning, a familiar sense of dread came creeping back in.

Atlanta Braves fans are having all kinds of ugly flashbacks early in Game 6

It’s still very early, but with the Dodgers taking a 3-0 lead into the second inning, it was hard to think of a sad Atlanta sports memory that didn’t apply to what was unfolding right in front of us. It got even worse in the top of the second, when the Braves were unable to score with the bases loaded and zero outs.

The Falcons coughing up a 28-3 lead against the New England Patriots is the first flashback that came to mind, obviously, but you could even go back to Game 3 of this series, when the Dodgers put up a whopping 11 first-inning runs en route to a 15-3 rout that shook Atlanta’s confidence in the first place.

The Braves are one of the few likable teams left in the MLB postseason, so it’d be a pity to see them come up short after coughing up a 3-1 lead that will only compound Atlanta sports fans’ misery. Here’s hoping they sort it out soon, so Atlanta sports can at least have something nice.

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