The 2021 World Series: Braves vs. Astros

Ale Xander

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Braves have some great relief pitching. Go Bravos, in spite of the chant.

They should have had more than 1 in the 90's this would just be reversion to the deserved mean

I hope we get some 20+ year old highlights of Andruw Jones, maybe some highlings of Tommy G playing hockey in Billerica, and some 2:20 Maddux-type games.
 

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It's not a geographical correlation. Wilco is a Chicago band and Tweedy grew up in the St Louis music scene. Also, what does LA's music scene have to do with this year's World Series teams?
 
The only time I've ever been to Houston was in the summer of 1990, when my (Georgia state champion) high school academic team went there for a national tournament. I was very much the third wheel on our four-person team, but in our very close Round of 16 game I pulled the answer to a late biology question out of the deep recesses of my ass to give us the lead, only for our opponents to answer one last question before time ran out to tie the scores and send us into sudden death. The decisive question was, "Match these composers to their works: Purcell, Gluck, Romberg, Rimsky-Korsakov; The Faerie Queen Suite, The Snow Maiden, The Desert Song, Orpheus and the Underworld." I buzzed in even as the last words of the last title were being spoken and managed to correctly match all four pairs to win the game, send us to the quarterfinals and launch my captain like a torpedo across the teammate between him and me to embrace me. Still gives me goosebumps to think about that, three decades later.

The quarterfinal was on the Discovery Channel, and we got destroyed, but still...I can maybe find it in my heart to believe that good things can happen to one of my teams in Houston. (Even if, you know, one of my other teams once led a game 28-3 there.)
 
Btw, we all went to see the Astros play the Reds in the Astrodome on that trip, back when they were both the Braves' NL West rivals, and it was quite an endearing experience...the little "Go, go Astros!" song they played on the PA still sticks in my memory. I can't quite reconcile that experience to a baseball world in which the Astros are Public Enemy #1, but if the nation is now willing the Braves to win instead of gearing up to laugh at their expense, I'm not going to complain!
 

Ale Xander

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I am optimistic on this Series because I think with the Braves inclusion, we'll get the best of Smoltzie. I long for the stories about Glavine and Maddux. And even Avery, who was an All-Star on my irrational love team, as was Ron Gant. Thought Avery would have had a better career. I really miss the mid-90's Braves.

Also miss Chipper, Klesko, Brian Jordan, and most of all, Andruw, from the 99 team. And even Gerald wasn't yet on the Red Sox/Pedro fandom hatelist. Cox and Mazzone were everyone's grandfathers too.
 

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Please everyone, heed the statements of CR67 and abs and Nip. I'd like to see everyone's inclusion in the threads, it makes for a fun time, I don't think I'm alone in that department, and we won't get that if you break the rules. Please stick to the game on the field.
 

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I like the Braves. Freeman is a legit superstar and really fun, to boot. Austin Riley's changes at the plate have made him a serious MVP candidate. Dansby and Albies round out a really fun infield.

How can you not like and outfield of castoffs in Joc, Eddie and Duvall (who the Braves let go in free agency, but missed so much they Mirabelli'd him).

The pitching is top notch and the manager seems like a good cat.

They are my rooting interest for this series, for sure.
 

Ale Xander

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Oh yeah, good call. Love Joc and the pearl necklace. He is similar to Dugo and Correia in that his love for the game really shows. And last series we got to see it even more so going against the team that let him go.

Braves pitching v. Astros hitting is the star of the show. How can you not love it being a baseball fan.

A shame Acuna can't play, but impressed even more so in the Braves for making it this far without him.
 

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I am optimistic on this Series because I think with the Braves inclusion, we'll get the best of Smoltzie. I long for the stories about Glavine and Maddux. And even Avery, who was an All-Star on my irrational love team, as was Ron Gant. Thought Avery would have had a better career. I really miss the mid-90's Braves.

Also miss Chipper, Klesko, Brian Jordan, and most of all, Andruw, from the 99 team. And even Gerald wasn't yet on the Red Sox/Pedro fandom hatelist. Cox and Mazzone were everyone's grandfathers too.
I always liked Avery. I saw him once at a toy store around Christmas sometime in the 90s. Seemed like a really good guy when all the fans came up to him in the store. Took the time to talk to all of them and sign whatever they had.
 

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but still...I can maybe find it in my heart to believe that good things can happen to one of my teams in Houston. (Even if, you know, one of my other teams once led a game 28-3 there.)
I enjoy reading your Diary of a Commentator thread and respect that you have been such a great sport on this board about 28-3. For those reasons, I am 100% on board the Atlanta bandwagon. Also, I hate that little bastid Altuve. Go Braves!
 
I enjoy reading your Diary of a Commentator thread and respect that you have been such a great sport on this board about 28-3. For those reasons, I am 100% on board the Atlanta bandwagon. Also, I hate that little bastid Altuve. Go Braves!
Thanks (on all counts)! FWIW, I was rooting for the Red Sox to beat the Astros, insofar as they are much more of my #2 team in baseball than the Celtics or Pats are in their respective sports (the Bruins are my #1 hockey team). But I'm not gonna lie...the thought of having to represent Atlanta here on SoSH in a Braves-Red Sox World Series did fill me with a certain amount of dread.
 

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Wow, that's a magnificent wordbreak at the end. Tobias Funke would be proud.
I like this guy.

Dad’s from Atlanta and we probably grew up watching more Braves games than Sox ( thanks TBS). Lots of disappointment in the 90s. I hate the chant, but will be pulling for them over Houston.
 

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It's more baseball. I don't really like the Astros, so I guess I'm going to be cheering for Atlanta

But I may barely watch any of it either
 

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Yesterday's Slate's Shut Up and Listen podcast realized why no one should ever root for the Braves. It's a despicable organization.

Go Dusty Baker.
 

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Yesterday's Slate's Shut Up and Listen podcast realized why no one should ever root for the Braves. It's a despicable organization.

Go Dusty Baker.
Hand up and Listen
Searching for Shut and Listen took me to someone's else's podcast taking about not baseball (I only heard the first minute or so before I looked deeper and realized it probably wasn't the one I wanted)
 

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I have friends in Houston, and I've visited Ebenezer Baptist Church (Dr MLK's church) in Atlanta.

I'll just root for a good series.
 

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Hand up and Listen
Searching for Shut and Listen took me to someone's else's podcast taking about not baseball (I only heard the first minute or so before I looked deeper and realized it probably wasn't the one I wanted)
I sort of hate "listening," and I looked for the transcript, which is looks as though you can access, but I couldn't.
I would love to read a few of the salient points.
 

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I sort of hate "listening," and I looked for the transcript, which is looks as though you can access, but I couldn't.
I would love to read a few of the salient points.
Ya, that was weird for me too
I happened to click on a couple of the other podcasts too and the transcripts were there

I wonder if it just hasn't been posted yet, since it's so new?
I hadn't used that site before, so I'm not entirely sure of how things work
 

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COVID outbreaks, protocols, games in Dunedin and Buffalo... I've come around to the opinion that 2021 is really just another asterisk season - hope whoever wins enjoys their (wink) championship. Not bitter!

I'm rooting for the home plate umpire and childhood friend, Chris Conroy.
 

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If that stat is true that these two managers have the oldest combined age in the history of the World Series, it’s quite amazing at one level because there have been tons of old managers in these games.At another level that’s another reason to be concerned about the state of major league baseball in 2021.