Eddie Rosario crowned a remarkable National League Championship Series with a three-run homer, sending the Braves onto the biggest stage of all with a 4-2 win over defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
Braves shook off the ghosts of 2020
The Braves won the best-of-seven playoff four games to two, exorcising the demons of last year’s National League Championship Series, when Atlanta squandered a 2-0, 3-1 lead against the Dodgers, and advanced to face to the American League champions, Astros.
Rosario the unexpected hero of Atlanta
“It’s a great moment in my life,” Rosario said through an interpreter. But I want more. I want to win the World Series. ”
Rosario was acquired in a series of agreements just before the July 30 trade deadline that rebuilt the exhausted outfields of the Braves, who lost Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury and slugger Marcell Ozuna to a hand injury and problems legal.
Eddie was the point man and set postseason records
Rosario set an Atlanta record and became the fifth player in baseball history to record 14 hits in a postseason series. It was an easy pick as the show’s MVP.
Spurred on by chants of “Eddie! Eddie! Eddie ”in a rowdy crowd of more than 43,000, Rosario finished 14 of 25 (.560) against the Dodgers with three home runs and nine RBIs.
Braves to bury a bad reputation of Atlanta teams in the postseason
The Braves will seek to bury their city’s reputation for postseason misery in a wide range of sports.
From four World Series losses in the 1990s until the NFL Falcons took a 28-3 lead in the 2017 Super Bowl, Atlanta is again on the cusp of an extremely rare feat.
To what follows
Dodgers: After snapping a steak of seven straight elimination game wins, they won’t play another game that counts until the 2022 season opener against the Colorado Rockies. That comes March 31 at Dodger Stadium.
Braves: Charlie Morton will face his former team in Game 1 of the World Series. He memorably came out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the 2017 Series to pitch four innings with two hits, closing the only title in Astros history with a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers.
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