The 2013 baseball season is officially over, but not for the Atlanta Braves! The Braves are heading to the playoffs for the 8th time in the last 13 years. The Braves won the National League Eastern Division Championship this season with a 96-66 record, which was the 2nd best record in the National League. The Braves are getting ready to play the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in the first game of the Division series in Los Angeles.
The Atlanta Braves, under coach, Fredi Gonzalez, hope to continue their winning season through to the World Series. The Braves have played in a few World Series and have won two in 1995 and 1957.The 1995 team was destined to win with All-Star players, Chipper Jones, Tom Glavin and John Smoltz. David Justice hit a home run that lead to the 1-0 victory of the Cleveland Indians in game 6 of the series to give the team the lead and World Championship. Since 1995, the team has been in the playoffs up through the league championship series, but hasn’t made to the World Series since 1995.
The Atlanta Braves is the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America. The first conception of the team, owned by Ivers Whitney Adams, goes back to 1871 as the Boston Red Stockings in the newly created National League. The team had many names and owners during the years in Boston including the Boston Braves, whose 1914 team is one of most well-known teams in baseball history. In 1953, the team was moved to Milwaukee and in 1966, the team found its current home in Atlanta. The team played at Atlanta Stadium until the 1996. They now play at Turner Field, which was built for the 1996 Olympics. Hank Aaron, who was a long-time legendary member of the Braves, is the major league leader in RBI’s and the Braves all-time leader in runs and hits.
With clubhouse leader, Jason Heyward, back in the line-up after an injury this summer, the Braves are looking good for the 5 game Division Series with the Dodgers. Other key players to a Braves win include Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Kris Medlen, who is taking the mound tonight for the Braves against Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. They might be considered the underdog, but fans don’t care! The fans are excited and ready for a great series! Good Luck to the Braves!!!