On Nov. 2, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros for the Major League Baseball World Series, claiming the first title for the city since 1995. It has been a long championship drought for Atlanta with notable heartbreaking losses such as the Falcons’ Super Bowl 51 loss. In response to the unbelievable achievement, Headmaster Fred Assaf gave Friday, Nov. 5 off from school, so the community could attend the parade.
In the first game of the series, it was all Braves in Houston. Jorge Soler made history hitting a homerun in the first inning of his first-ever World Series appearance. In the same inning, the Braves crossed the plate once more, jumping out to a quick 2-0. It was not until the bottom of the fourth that the Astros punched in a run to the Braves’ five at that point. The teams split runs the rest of the contest, as the Braves took game one 6-2. However, the Astros responded in game two with a demanding seven to two victory pushing the series to a tie.
The next two games were close wins for the Braves, outscoring their opponent two to zero. Ian Anderson pitched a strong five innings but was controversially pulled. In the eighth inning, Travis d’Arnaud hit a beautiful home run clinching the close matchup. In game four, the margin was razor-thin, as the Braves pushed the series to four to win by only entering a single run more than the Astros.
The Braves, now only one game away from achieving their goal, now had a chance to close out the series in Atlanta. However, in game five, the high tallying matchup ended in favor of the Astros, so the home team flew back to Houston to wrap up the series. The Braves dominated in the final game avoiding a dreaded game seven scenario. The seven to nothing win was highlighted by an out of the park home run from MVP Jorge Soler and a Freddie Freeman home run. By the end of the night, the Braves terminated the infamous Atlanta drought, raising the MLB trophy.
On Friday, Nov. 5, the Pace community took part in the victory parade and took the day off of school. Many students along with hundreds of thousands of fans attended the celebration. “It was incredible to celebrate such an exciting day with the entire city,” said junior fan Sophia Mador. The joyful Atlanta fans finally got the opportunity to watch their home team bring the championship back to Truist Park.