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Houston We Have A Problem – Atlanta Braves Clinch World Series!

The Atlanta Braves have won their first World Series since 1995. A decisive 7-0 victory in Game 6 in front of the Houston Astros home support was enough to give the Braves the series.

The biggest highlight of the win was Jorge Soler’s incredible 446-feet homer that put the Braves 3-0 at the top of the third. It was a blow that the Astros would never recover from as they saw their chance of a World Series slip away.

When Danby Swanson made it 5-0 with another deep in the fifth innings, the win was all but confirmed, with Atlanta adding more scored at the top of the seventh to round off a superb 7-0 win on the night and a 4-2 series victory.

Mattress Mack May Need A Lie Down

While Houston Astros fans will be licking their wounds in a series that they never really had control of at any point, famous fan Mattress Mack will be staying in bed this morning.

The Astros fan had made $3.3 million worth of bets on the Astros to win the World Series and stood to win an incredible $36 million from four different sportsbooks.

However, the Braves win means that instead, the four sportsbooks are relieved that they won’t be facing the largest payouts in American sports betting history.

It’s bad news though for Mattress Mack customers, who had been promised a brand new orthopaedic mattress, worth over $1,000, if the Astros managed to land the win and his bets came in.

“Unfinished Business”

In a heartfelt and honest interview after the game, Dusty Baker, the manager of the Houston Astros stated that he had “unfinished business” with the team after seeing the team progress in his two years in the role.

“What can you do, except go home, take a shower, figure out how you’re going to come back and win it next year,” stated Baker when asked what he would do after the defeat.

“Last year we got one game short of the World Series, and this year we were two. Games short of the Championship. So, I guess that’s progress.”

“I still have some unfinished business. I love these guys over here.”

Whether or not he gets that opportunity is open to question. Baker was handed a two-year contract when he took over in 2020 after the Astros were embroiled in the sign-stealing scandal. He has certainly achieved that, but at age 72, the veteran has little left to prove.

He has won his division with five different teams, he’s won both pennants, he’s won the World Series as a player. He also has off-field business interests to contend with, including his own vineyard that producers Baker Family Wines.

Had the Astros won, then it would have been a perfect and logical end to his career in the Major League.

However, poor Astros performances with the bat in Games 1, 3, 4 and 6 ultimately saw the team fall just short in their quest to land Baker a World Series title as manager.

With Astros GM James Click known to prefer a more analytical and younger manager with fresh approaches, many are speculating that this may have been Baker’s last game at the helm.

Braves Make Light Of Acuna Jr. Injury

Despite being below 0.500 for most of the season and losing their best player, Ronal Acuna Jr. with injury in July, the Atlanta Braves came through adversity to claim their first World Series.

Jorge Soler, who hit three homers in the six games with the Astros was rightfully named the World Series MVP.

Acuna’s injury saw the Braves make major changes to their outfield at the trade deadline, Soler came in along with Adam Duvall, Eddie Rosario and Joc Pederson and all made a telling contribution at different times in the season.

The Braves are the deserving, if unexpected champions when you view their season and injury list and it was a fitting end to what was an exciting MLB season.

And if this is Dusty Baker’s swansong, then the Astros leader has shown nothing but class throughout his career and a Hall of Fame place should be awaiting him.

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