Seth Udinski, FISM News
The 2021 MLB season came to a close Wednesday night, as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series, to capture the franchise’s first championship since 1995.
The dominant 7-0 victory in game 6 was the exclamation point of a dramatic season for Atlanta. After Houston won game five to bring the series back to Texas, the Braves’ offense lit up the scoreboard to run away with the game.
Jorge Soler and Freddie Freeman shined in the win, driving in five of the Braves seven runs. Designated hitter Soler captured World Series MVP honors for his stellar performance at the plate throughout the series. He hit a homerun in the third inning of the final game to give the Braves an early lead.
SOLER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING. pic.twitter.com/IOc5wXreRb
— MLB (@MLB) November 3, 2021
Freeman, a fan favorite and soon-to-be free agent, added an RBI double in the 5th inning. He then capped the night with a solo blast of his own in the seventh inning.
Freddie Freeman solo home run. 7-0 Braves! pic.twitter.com/y3aAoF49Fx
— The Base Hit (@the_basehit) November 3, 2021
Freeman also had the joy of catching the final out to seal his first-ever World Series victory and send the Atlanta region into a delighted frenzy.
Freddie Freeman waited 12 MLB seasons for this moment. pic.twitter.com/hTN4GyPzXJ
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) November 3, 2021
With the win Atlanta captured its first championship in a quarter-century in a year where many had written them off as an afterthought. The team had a losing record until early August but overtook the Phillies and Mets late in the season to capture the NL East title with 88 wins. They beat a hot Brewers team in the divisional round and then shocked the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS before conquering the Astros to capture the crown.
What makes the win even more sweet for the city and its fans is that it was a chance at poetic justice. Atlanta now holds the championship trophy in a year that Major League Baseball abruptly took away the chance for the city to host the 2021 All-Star game due to the Georgia’s recently-passed voter integrity laws. Players and fans alike who were robbed by the MLB will now celebrate with a victory parade on Friday.