The Atlanta Braves are World Series champions, and the only thing sweeter than hearing that is listening to the radio call of the final out.
For the first time since 1995, a World Series banner will unfurl in Atlanta.
In the time between, Atlanta has watched as a dark cloud of sports depression formed over its city and seemed immovable. From iconic collapses like the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to Georgia getting Tua’d on a walk-off in the National Championship, to the Hawks falling short of the NBA Finals (both the Al Horford and Trae Young versions), it’s been rough to be an Atlanta sports fan.
Even those Braves teams find themselves among the sports misery, as perhaps the greatest pitching trio to have ever played baseball managed to win just one World Series together.
None of that matters tonight. The curse is dead, the Braves are World Series champions, and nothing can touch fans in Atlanta.
Hearing ‘World Champion Atlanta Braves’ is pretty sweet, and the only thing sweeter might be hearing the radio call of the final out.
Braves World Series champions radio call is epic
Longtime Braves play-by-play announcer Jim Powell was on the call, and it’s music to the ears of fans waiting to hear him say these words:
There will be plenty of questions for the Braves o answer this offseason, but the chances fans get to hear those words spoken by Powell again are higher than they are for most teams that win the World Series.
Consider that the Braves pulled off a victorious World Series run three months after losing their best player to a torn ACL. Ronald Acuna Jr was lost for the season back in July, just a month after the Braves were 8 games out of first in the NL East and 5 games under .500.
Atlanta was also missing ace Mike Soroka, meaning the Braves won a World Series without two of its best players — both of whom are expected to be back in 2022.
The impending free agency of Freddie Freeman is a bridge that will need to be crossed, and while sending him off with a World Series prophecy fulfilled feels like finished business, bringing him back for a chance to repeat feels even better.