Even though the Braves are a nightmare for anybody into social justice, they’re also a dream for those of us hugging miracles.
Just like that, the Braves became the most improbable world champions in baseball history.
“This is my sixth World Series as either a player or a coach, and I’ve never been associated with a team that has overcome this much,” Braves bench coach Walt Weiss told me over the weekend, reflecting on his 14 years as a player through 2000 before he managed the Colorado Rockies for four seasons. He joined the Braves in 2017. “The cast of characters that overcame this adversity this year, you could never draw it up. In July, there’s no way we’re even winning the division. To be standing here now, it’s a minor miracle.”
Actually, it’s a major one. These Braves have done something no other MLB team has done before.
Neither those Braves nor any other MLB team spent the season with a losing record as long as these Braves before reaching the World Series.
Still, the Braves aren’t a fairy tale without controversy.
Most strikingly, Braves officials refused to get rid of the chopping and the chanting. They encouraged it during games with a digital image — on all of the ballpark’s video boards — of a tomahawk going up and down.
Even miracle workers have a lot to improve on before next season.