Braves walk off to playoff berth

The Braves have been saying since the first day of spring training this season was going to be different, that they were going to put September’s collapse to good use.

They let the memory of Freddie Freeman throwing his helmet to the ground in disgust after hitting into a double play against the Phillies linger, and that’s OK. It was all the more reason to enjoy the trajectory of where that helmet – and the Braves – went Tuesday night.

That thing went flying high into the air at Turner Field after Freeman hit his first career walk-off home run to beat the Marlins 4-3, secure at least a wild card berth, make some history for Kris Medlen and follow a fist-pumping Chipper Jones into a scrum of ecstatic teammates at home plate.

“This is the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Freeman, whose close-cropped hair had been caked in mud and doused with champagne. “2012 has come full circle. It’s a great moment, and it’s a great moment for this team.”

A year after the Braves blew an 8 ½-game wild card lead in September, the Braves clinched at least a spot in the Oct. 5 wild card playoff with eight games to spare. And they are still within four games of the Nationals for the NL East.

The Braves magic number to clinch home-field advantage over the Cardinals is three.

Nobody felt the release more than Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, who took the brunt of the heat for last September’s collapse and couldn’t hold back the tears when he was assured of a better fate this time around.

“You don’t know whether to laugh or cry or look for somebody to hug or slap on the back,” Gonzalez said.

His first phone call after the game was to his wife Pam, and the second to his mentor Bobby Cox.

“It was good,” said Gonzalez, choking up simply at the mention of it. “I just listened a little bit.”

The Braves rallied around a retiring Cox the last time they made the postseason in 2010. This time around it’s Jones, and he’s the one doing the heavy lifting.

In the first game of his final regular season homestand, Jones drew a walk and scored the Braves first run, drove in their second with a sacrifice fly, and led off the ninth with a double off Mike Dunn.

“I feel like as long as I’ve got an at-bat in the ninth, we’ve got a chance,” said Jones, whose teammates and 25,632 fans at Turner Field felt the same way. “I was lucky enough to set the table and Freddie Freeman mopped it up.”

Freeman normally loves the ambush, but remembered Dunn had thrown him a first-pitch slider last week in Miami. So he took the pitch, and it paid off as Jones advanced to third on the wild pitch. Two pitches later, just looking to drive something deep to score Jones, Freeman unleashed a 411-foot home run to straightaway center field.

Rising up out of his recliner in the Braves clubhouse was Medlen, who had pitched seven strong innings but left with a 3-2 deficit after giving up three runs on two swings by rookie Donovan Solano, the first two home runs of his career.

“I said some things I probably shouldn’t have said in there, things that I would do if (Freeman) hit a home run, and he did,” Medlen said. “I am a man of my word but not really. Not to that extent.”

The Braves walked off to win for the record-tying 22nd straight time in games started by Medlen, a feat matched by only three pitchers since 1920. Medlen walked off in shower shoes, meeting his teammates in the hallway to celebrate.

The Giants won 22 straight behind Carl Hubbell in 1936-1937 and the Yankees won 22 straight for Whitey Ford in 1950 and 1953 in and around the two years he served in the Korean War.

The Braves haven’t lost one of Medlen’s starts since May 23, 2010 in Pittsburgh. He had just returned from elbow reconstruction surgery when the Braves collapsed last September. He pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of that 13-inning loss to end the season.

Craig Kimbrel, who blew a save that day, pitched a scoreless ninth to win it Tuesday, and the Braves never saw extra innings.

“You can’t really win consistently until you lose,” Medlen said. “You’ve got to have that heartbreak to know how to react in certain situations and how to bounce back.”

70 comments Add your comment

Blake

September 26th, 2012
12:33 am

Walk off home run by Freddie…..It don’t get no better than this….Thanks Braves and Thanks Chipper!

Blake

September 26th, 2012
12:40 am

Thanks DOB for the excellent coverage during the season….now you get to cover the post season…congratulations my friend !

GTI in Brooklyn

September 26th, 2012
1:43 am

Nice write-up, CR. Freddie threw his helmet away in disgust at 1st base last year; he threw it away with joy past third base this year. :)

Bobby's Cox

September 26th, 2012
2:53 am

Awesome story. Love baseball and love the Braves. Let’s finish strong, try to catch Washington, & get ready for October.

tomahawk chop

September 26th, 2012
3:43 am

Walk-off homer can’t get no better than that. I wonder where are the nay-sayers are now. Especially, at the start of the season. What they was saying about GM Wren. He didn’t make any big moves in the offseason. Everyone was worried about Philly, N.Y. Mets and Miami. The man knows what he is doing.He knew we had a GREAT TEAM and there was no time to panic and try to clean house. and lose everything that we had. So, hats off to him and to the players and coaches and the organization for not panicing, Lets get that RING for CHIPPER!!! GO BRAVES!!!!

BobDawg

September 26th, 2012
7:28 am

We are playing with House Money now with 8 games left… I like that we can stay sharp chasing the Nats and rest guys and get guys healthy at the same time… We win that Wild Card game and anything can happen with this team now…

BobDawg

September 26th, 2012
7:28 am

We are playing with House Money now with 8 games left… I like that we can stay sharp chasing the Nats and rest guys and get guys healthy at the same time… We win that Wild Card game and anything can happen with this team now…

Ekim56

September 26th, 2012
7:30 am

Thank you, Carroll. You and DOB are the best. Always great, insightful articles. Sports fans in Atlanta are lucky to have two of your caliber.

Joey

September 26th, 2012
7:38 am

2011 is long gone. Last Sept doesn’t even matter anymore to me.

Fabulous way to qualify.

Phillies did their part – only 4 games back.

Go Phillies!

Go Braves!

RBrave

September 26th, 2012
8:08 am

Great news for Freeman, poetic justice for him, he didn’t lose the game last year but his face has been on all of the stories for ending the last game with that double play. Never have been a big Heyward fan , but want to complement him on this year, the way he came back from the disaster last year. He has worked hard made some big plays and hasn’t had the mental lapses like last year , he is winning me over! Really great news for Medlin, Minor and Kimbrel ! And really great job all year from Hudson really a veteran calming influence on the guys ! Great job Braves , good luck (and start hitting the damn ball and take some pressure off of those pitchers)

HAL

September 26th, 2012
8:14 am

i loved the post about wrens asstute assesment of his team scheruholtz would have traded simmons teram and that young catcher for a journeyman outfielder and you all would have called him a genuis which really tells me something about the experts ..on this blogh thats an oxymoron this blog and experts

SpideyMatt

September 26th, 2012
8:41 am

WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!! Are we really rooting for the Phillies right now?!?!? YES! Go Phillies!

GO BRAVES!!!

Did they really need to celebrate?

September 26th, 2012
9:20 am

Was anyone else embarrassed how they were celebrating as if they achieved something? Yes they made the playoffs, but why not wait to see where they finish? I wish someone would have said no celebration, lets just kick back with a cold one and enjoy the win.

raleighbravefan

September 26th, 2012
9:34 am

DTRNTC – REALLY?

DIPEN PATEL

September 26th, 2012
9:36 am

Who doesn’t celebrate ???? every team celebrates postseason appearances, especially the BRAVES OF COURSE since they show up for OCTOBER BASEBALL year after year or just about every year.Speaking of the one-game wild card playoff game bring on those cardinals who have 100% LUCKY with their 2 World Series runs in 2006 and 2011, especially when it’s revenge time for the BOYS from Georgia after what the cardinals did to them last season.

DIPEN PATEL

September 26th, 2012
9:38 am

GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAVES in 2012 and totally beyond.

Did they really need to celebrate?

September 26th, 2012
9:40 am

raleighbravefan &DIPEN PATEL

Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled that we are in the playoffs. Just wish this team had the mentality of anything less than playing in the WS is a bust.

Bob the Blogger

September 26th, 2012
9:40 am

Chipper, at 40 years old, was as big a factor as anyone, scoring two runs and driving in another. It’s his team, right until the very end.

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
9:47 am

Looking ahead, the story is that we’re now 4 back with 8 to play. Just a few days ago, we were debating who should start the play-in game. Now, wouldn’t it be a hoot it if we don’t even have to play that game? If Medlen can start game one of the 1st “real” series? I love baseball.

Miami Dave

September 26th, 2012
9:47 am

@hal- your comments are worse than your spelling and not even worthy of the Tech blog…

Big Time Fan

September 26th, 2012
9:53 am

@dtrntc- after a walkout HR, being led by their HOF, and the disappointment of last year… HECK YEAH they needed to celebrate! Go write your negative stuff somewhere else!

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
10:00 am

DTRNTC -Don’t get me wrong. I’m thrilled that we are in the playoffs. Just wish this team had the mentality of anything less than playing in the WS is a bust

I want a World Series title. You want a World Series title. Every single member of the Braves’ organization is in it to win a World Series title. But, winning one is far from easy, and the team must celebrate all the stepping stones to that final goal. So, cheer up, I don’t think the team is satisfied quite yet.

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
10:09 am

How many times this year has Chipper been integral to a win? Carroll listed his contributions in this one. Bleacher Report has him as the 8th best clutch hitter in the big leagues this year. At 40! The numbers may show there are 7 better than him, but I’m so grateful he’s on our team. He’s given up his position so the Braves could acquire Vinnie Castilla to play 3rd. He’s negotiated his salary down so the Braves could pay somebody else. He had yet another knee injury when it looked like he was about to wind things up; but, no, he rehabed so he could play the next year and end his career on his own terms. His send-off should be every bit as lavish as Bobby Cox’s, and the Braves should put up a statue before next season starts.

Did they really need to celebrate?

September 26th, 2012
10:10 am

Big Time Fan

I’m not trying to be negative at all. Just saying how I feel. I want this team to win the WS and thought the celebration was premature, without know where the stand in the playoffs.

PS….I’m a huge fan

Did they really need to celebrate?

September 26th, 2012
10:13 am

Tumbledown

I guess my point is we’ve been down this road too many times. We get into the playoffs and are gone after the first round (maybe 1 game this year).

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
10:26 am

I think we can all agree that it is better to go down the playoff road again as opposed to the alternative. How did last year feel for all Braves’ fan? I don’t know much and have no insider knowledge, but I feel pretty confident in stating that every member of the Braves’ organization wants nothing less than a World Series title. They will give their utmost to achieve that goal. Whether it happens or not, nobody knows. They could lose in a one-game playoff, but that is the risk they take and a risk we take as fans.

Arizona Brave

September 26th, 2012
10:39 am

The nats commentators made this comment about the Braves celebration.” The way the Braves are celebrating,I guess they don’t think they can win the division.” I hope the Braves can make them eat thier words. GO BRAVES

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
10:49 am

Did they really…..
Sorry you can’t enjoy this. I’m proud of these guys for toughing it out, for giving themselves the opportunity after what happened to them last year. They look stronger after that collapse, and they deserve to celebrate.

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
11:03 am

Arizona Brave
Don’t you just love bulletin board material?

Arizona Brave

September 26th, 2012
11:06 am

Cracker
I hope all the Braves hear about the comment made and kick some A##!!!!!

Fats

September 26th, 2012
11:14 am

Foget the rest of reg.season. Concentrate on the 1 stinkin playoff and move on. :)

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
11:27 am

I’m glad the Braves won’t be forgetting the rest of the season. Nats’ magic number is 5 with 8 to go. After the Marlins, Braves Mets and Pirates while Nationals have two more with the Phillies, then three with the Cardinals and three more with the Phillies. The Cards are fighting for the 2nd wild card, and you know the Phillies will be fighting to have an influence on the outcome. We could see a different team collapsing this year.

SpideyMatt

September 26th, 2012
11:34 am

The broadcasters for the Nationals have been getting on my nerves all year. The few times I’ve heard them this year, their commentary gives me the vibe that they think if the Nats do something great, it’s because they are unbelievable baseball players. However, if the opposing team does something great, it’s because they’re lucky. I don’t mind commentators pulling for their team, but don’t disrespect an opposing team’s success by chalking it up to luck every time. #mytwocents

GO BRAVES!!!

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
11:37 am

Nats-Phillies matchups…. Today, Kendrick (10-11, 3.89) v. Lannan (3-0, 4.43) Tomorrow, Gonzalez (20-8, 2.84 v. Clloyd (?) (2-1, 3.86). Go Phillies!

Cracker

September 26th, 2012
11:46 am

Probably pitchers, Nats, v. Cards…. 9/28, Jackson (9-10, 3.77) v. Wainwright (13-13, 4.02). 9/29, Wang (2-3, 6.60) v. Lohse (16-3, 2.77). 9/30, Zimmermann (12-8, 2.90), v. Lynn (17-7, 3.69).

Doug

September 26th, 2012
11:49 am

I’ve whined and griped almost all year so I really don’t deserve to celebrate, but I sure am happy for this bunch. It will be a tough slog to go all the way, but I hope they can go deep enough to be really proud.

Tip O' the Cap

September 26th, 2012
12:04 pm

Great game last night. I wonder what Medlen said aloud as in, “hey, if Freeman hits a home run right here, I’ll ______________.” Yep, probably something that he would not do as well as something not printable on this family blog….

Lee

September 26th, 2012
12:12 pm

Don’t look at last night as a “Celebration” of this season. Look at last night as the release of 2011. This has been building in this team for an entire year and, they deseve to give 2011 a right and proper burial. Now, it is 2012 and anything is possible. Chipper deserves this, Atlanta deserves this and no matter how it ends, it is Magic. Enjoy every moment Atlanta. Who knows where it takes us.

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
12:18 pm

Lee- Could not agree more.

Brave4life-1995 All over again

September 26th, 2012
12:19 pm

Still hoping for this Division title

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
12:28 pm

I would love to see the Braves win the division and believe they should continue to strive for it. But, if the Braves fall short, are they really that worse off? My argument depends on the assumption that the best the Braves can do is tie the Nats. I don’t see the Braves catching and then passing the Nats by the end of the season. That would require the Braves to go 7-1 and the Nats to go 2-6.

So, assuming the Braves tie the Nats, what is there reward? In order to qualify for the division series, the Braves would either have to beat the Nats on the road or comeback the next day in the Wild Card game against St. Louis at home with the Braves’ No. 2 starter. Taking the second route would burn the Braves top two starters before the divisional series. On the other hand, if the Braves hold on for the home Wild Card slot, the route to the Division Series only requires them beating St. Louis at home with their best starter (Medlen). The Braves have been a very good road team so I do not see that much of an advantage with having home field in the divisional series, especially this year when the team with home field has to play the first two games on the road.

Anyway, my argument is clearly up for debate, and I cannot stress enough that it is still important to fight for the division title regardless.

Tip O' the Cap

September 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

See your point, but the Nats v the wild card is not a forgone conclusion. The Nats are now tied with the Reds for best NL record, and if the Nats continue to sputter a bit, it’s more likely that the wild card will face the Reds. So in that scenario, I would definitely see an advantage to the Braves being the division winner and taking on the Giants.

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
12:56 pm

I definitely agree that it would be more advantageous to win the division as opposed to the wild card. Certainly, the team would be a better mindset. I was just hoping to portray the wild card scenario in a better light.

reckingball

September 26th, 2012
1:28 pm

Did they really– @10:10am…….”I’m not trying to be negative at all.”
your comment@9;20…”as if they achieved something”….they did achieve something, a spot in the playoffs. There are are over 20 other teams that wish they could/or can do that.—-
your comment @9:40 “anything less than playing in a WS is a bust”, so you are saying winning a WC or the div. is a bust?
If you are not trying to be negative, then you are not doing a very good job of it, because you look like you are pretty negative to me. Kind of like a wet blanket. imo.
But, everyone is still entitled to their opin. Hope you enjoy whatever it is you are doing.
go braves
go phillies

Pete and Repete?

September 26th, 2012
1:32 pm

Thanks reckingball and Big Time Fan for your comments to Did They Really… We should be celebrating and not questioning…

Meg Griffin

September 26th, 2012
1:56 pm

What would feel worse though.

A. Losing the play in game

B Or the memories of last year.

SC Brave

September 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

How many years did we watch the Braves being stoic like they belonged in the playoffs and not celebrate then turn around and lose. I think celebrating is the right thing to do. You never know what can happen to keep you from getting to the next level.

reckingball

September 26th, 2012
2:07 pm

Meg…….????????? Say what???????
Perhaps, it may be time to let “the memories of last year go”.
Why are you looking for the worst feeling?
I think I’ll be happy that they jumped the first hurdle, to get to the WS.

reckingball

September 26th, 2012
2:12 pm

I do have one question.

Where are Ralphie and all of his negative, sourpuss, little buddies playing today?
I guess that the Braves having a little success, is hard for them to take.

tbonep

September 26th, 2012
3:10 pm

“In the first game of his final regular season homestand, Jones … lead off the ninth with a two-run double off Mike Dunn.”

Uh, “led,” not lead.

And Chipper couldn’t have “led off” ANY inning with a “two-run double.”

Ken Stallings

September 26th, 2012
3:56 pm

Surprised David did not mention this. This is the first time since the “Shot Heard Round the World” when Robbie Thompson’s blast won the pennant for the New York Giants that there was a walk-off homer that put a team into the playoffs! It has only happened now twice in baseball history!

Congrats to Freddie Freeman — Robbie Thompson just made room for him!

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
4:06 pm

Ken Stallings – Interesting factoid. However, I am not sure that many in the future will remember Freddie’s Shot that Put the Braves at least in a One-Game Wild Card Playoff.

Open Minded

September 26th, 2012
4:20 pm

The Nationals have been the doormat of baseball since the were created…. for them to make any comment regarding a Braves celebration is the height of hubris…. let’s see how the finish and compete in the playoffs… it is a BIG DEAL.

Joe in SoCal

September 26th, 2012
4:32 pm

If the Bravos go on to win the big dance, Freddie’s shot will be on par with Robbie Thompsons. I love that kinda history. Winning one with the Gimper. Nice job Bravos, exercised some demons last night!

Tumbledown

September 26th, 2012
4:41 pm

Joe in SoCal – If the Bravos go on to win the big dance, Freddie’s shot will be on par with Robbie Thompsons. I love that kinda history. Winning one with the Gimper. Nice job Bravos, exercised some demons last night!

Really! You have to remember that the Braves reaching the playoffs was basically a done deal whether or not Freddie hit the home run or not last night. Bobby Thomson’s homerun, however, was all or nothing for the Giants when they clinched the pennant that year. As a Braves’ fan, I will remember David Justice’s HR in Game 6 of the 1995 WS. I don’t think last night’s HR will have that lasting impact. If the Braves go on to win the World Series, I will no doubt remember the great plays made in the playoffs.

Having stated all that, I agree that last night’s HR was really a cool way to rid the team of last year’s demons. I am also happy Freddie delivered the blow.

Bud

September 26th, 2012
5:01 pm

Thanks to the tiebreaker instead of an extra game on the regular season, the Braves are five games out. The Nationals have the tiebreaker edge due to the better head to head reacord. So, the Braves would have to beat them outright,tie at the end of the regular season, the National win the division.

Redbird88

September 26th, 2012
5:19 pm

Did they really have to celebrate is right. The Braves celebrated the right to be in the play-in like they had just won the World Series. Shameful. And the 20k or less fans there to see it was an embarrassment. We will see what happens when the World Champs show up in town. And don’t worry, we will buy up the other 20k tickets the Braves fans won’t.

DIPEN PATEL

September 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

HEY DEADBIRD the BRAVES and us fellow BRAVES FANS know we will chop down those DEADBIRDS in that WILDCARD POSTSEASON game, and you just wait till we exact our vengeance, especially when we gave you a WORLD SERIES title in 2011 by letting you in OCTOBER.GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Redbird88

September 26th, 2012
6:52 pm

OH yeah, beating the Phillies, Crew, and Rangers had nothing to do with it. Cardinal Nation does thank you for not being able to grip the bat because your hands were firmly around your throats choking. You jinxed yourself last night celebrating a wild card birth like it was 1999. Bush league to be sure and when we clinch you will see no such celebration because we been there. 12 in 12 LET’S GO CARDINALS!!!

DIPEN PATEL

September 26th, 2012
7:56 pm

OH YEAHHHH what no celebration every team in baseball has always celebrated POSTSEASON BERTHS and ESPECIALLY BRAVESNATION because we’ve been to OCTOBER so many times 22X to be exact including 2012 ,so don’t even you loser cardinal fans invade our message boards and start talking TOTALLY IDIOTIC NONSENSE on our message boards, but yeah you cardinal fans have always totally HATED the BRAVES so much more the you love your lovable losers who just get LUCKY all the time, especially in 2006 and 2011 and the braves and the rest of the BASEBALL WORLD has always known that.BRAVES IN 2012 AND TOTALLY BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Redbird88

September 26th, 2012
8:08 pm

First of all let me remind you we are talking BASEBALL, NOT CRICKET. Secondly, how many out of those “22x” times have you gone all the way???? That’s right the scorecard reads 11 to 1 and the road to #12 will start in the ATL. Cardinal fans don’t hate Braves fans because there is no rivalry. You guys choke every year before we even get a shot at ya’ just like last year, which is why you had that idiotic celebration last night. Real champs celebrate when they win the dance, not just punch their ticket. “2012 Bravos: 1 and DONE”

DIPEN PATEL

September 26th, 2012
8:21 pm

MORONS like you don’t even know cricket is and another thing the braves have 3 WORLD SERIES titles and they”ve been there 9X according to their storied iconic history, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, not to mention you would know their history if you totally looked very closely at their history and see that they have 22 postseason berths, 9 WORLD SERIES appearances and 3 WORLD SERIES titles to show for it, not to mention it will be 3 and totally counting starting in 2012.GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Redbird88

September 26th, 2012
8:31 pm

Nooooo, You are the MORON counting titles before the Braves were even in your city:)lol Stick to cricket idiot…..

DIPEN PATEL

September 27th, 2012
10:15 am

Do IDIOTIC LOSERS like you even understand the BRAVES, their history or even BASEBALL , especially when those have always been COLD HARD FACTS regarding their STORIED ICONIC HISTORY, the BRAVES have always counted everything and celebrated everything because we have always enjoyed the excitement of WINNING in every aspect of success, HEY we do nothing but celebrate and only celebrate, the only time a team like BRAVES don’t celebrate is when they don’t win and THAT’S IT. GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why?

September 27th, 2012
10:18 am

DIPEN PATEL

You have to understand that those celebrations were for either winning the division, wild card, nlds,nlsc or ws. Which are all okay to celebrate. Tuesday night the celebrated as they have in the pass for being given the chance to get past a 1 game play in game. Much different than before.

DIPEN PATEL

September 27th, 2012
10:24 am

And you loser cardinal fans can talk all the trash and hate the BRAVES all yall want, especially when yall won’t even be invading this ATLANTA message board when the BRAVES thump yall’s tails in the one-game POSTSEASON game, the only on’es will be chatting on this board will be us BRAVES FANS.BRAVESNATION IN 2012 AND TOTALLY BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIPEN PATEL

September 27th, 2012
10:32 am

Then maybe the BRAVES slightly went too far in celebrating the wild playoff entry and I totally appreciate you explaining this to me because you are so much better than that typical loser deadbird fan whom have always been just typical cardinal fans-not to mention typical loser yankee fans also whom think they have always been better than everyone in baseball and where they’re right and everyone else is wrong in baseball.HEY WHY you may be right about the BRAVES overly celebrating when they clinched a PLAYOFF BERTH.

Why?

September 27th, 2012
10:32 am

DIPEN PATEL

I wish I shared your confidence in the play in game. I have too many memories of past elimination games where the Braves caved.

Why?

September 27th, 2012
10:34 am

DIPEN PATEL

If your referring to me, you should know I’m a huge Braves fan.

DIPEN PATEL

September 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

HEY WHY MAN yes the BRAVES have totally caved in OCTOBER in the past, before and after 1995, but take a look at the redsox and the whitesox they used to lose in OCTOBER for 80-plus years and yet they have won 3 WORLD SERIES TITLES combined in 2004, 2005, and 2007.The BRAVES have been losing in OCTOBER for the most part, but there will be a time where the BRAVES start winning the BIG ONES in the POSTSEASON year after year and, ESPECIALLY when the whitesox and the redsox are the perfect example.I’m totally glad you’re a BRAVES FAN and I’ll be keeping in touch.

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