LOS ANGELES - Days away from the Atlanta Braves’ first real shot in the Postseason in many years. Their opening playoff series is on the West Coast against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
For years, die-hard fans have expected their team to get there and they finally are. But it's been five years since the last Braves team made it to the National League Division Series.
This is a Braves team full of exciting young stars that will be making a lot of memories for fans starting Thursday night.
Nobody thought the Braves would be here at the start of the season but they are. Could there have been a more fitting end to the improbability that was this season? Well, when the Braves opened the season and they were picked by most to finish no higher than third in the National League East.
What a difference six months and 162 games can make. The Braves rode a 90-win season to an NL East Title, finishing 8 games ahead of preseason favorite the Washington Nationals.
A new challenge waits as the Braves open NLDS play here in L.A. on Thursday. Atlanta is in the all too familiar role of underdog against the Dodgers. Regardless, Braves Manager Brian Snitker says they're giving it all they got.
"What we've done has been really good here. The aggressiveness and how they've approached it and that's the only thing I want them to do right now is to continue to play like they have which is aggressive with a lot of emotion, a lot of energy, and that will be good enough," said Snitker.
The Braves last NL East Title came in 2013. But it seems pretty recent, right? Well, consider this: young Braves stars Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies were barely in high school.
Most agree, this team has been so fun to watch and Braves Country is showing that they looking forward to a long Choptober.