Could you have guessed that Ronald Acuna would have such a breakout season? Or that Josh Donaldson would live up to his contract? Or that this team would be so much fun to watch?
Baseball, as we know, is about numbers, averages and statistics. But it’s also about grit, determination and heart — the stuff that never shows up on the back of any baseball card.
This team’s chemistry dazzled fans all season long.
Let’s not forget that some fans had sworn off the Braves altogether when the team moved from Atlanta to Cobb County.
Winning can change that.
This season, the team drew 2.65 million fans to home games — the highest in 12 years.
Sure, this season ended sooner than any Braves fan would have liked. And it came to a halt in a spectacularly disappointing fashion.
But the Braves are a young team — an organization that’s waxing, not waning.
This team has a lot of promise.
This team will be back.
For now, let’s join baseball fans in 26 other Major League cities, counting the days until pitchers and catchers report.
After all, there’s always next year.
— The Editorial Board
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