For much of the season, it seemed that this would definitely not be his year.
They lost their first four games and soon became a hospital. They ran out of their most dynamic player before the All-Star break. They languished below the .500 mark in August.
And in some inexplicable way, these Braves transformed and took off to the top.
Jorge Soler, Freddie Freeman and Atlanta sailed quietly to their first World Series title since 1995, crushing the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 6 on Tuesday night.
How proud Hank Aaron would be.
Max Fried pitched six scoreless innings to provide the best pitching seen in this Fall Classic. Cuban Soler, acquired only in July and who tested positive for COVID-19 in the playoffs, gave him all the support he needed early on, with a colossal three-run homer.
It was Soler’s third home run against the Astros.
For the Braves, Puerto Rican Eddie Rosario 4-0 with a run scored. Cuban Soler 3-1 with two runs scored and three produced.
For the Astros, Venezuelans José Altuve 4-1, Marwin González 1-0. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 4-1, Martín Maldonado 2-1. The Cubans Yordan Álvarez 4-1, Yuli Gurriel 4-0, Aledmys Díaz 1-0. Dominican José Siri 2-0. (AP)