The Atlanta Braves were at the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win.
The President of Operations of Braves baseball player Alex Anthopoulos was one of the main architects of this champion team. Despite the time that has passed, the native of Montreal still struggles to believe in the triumph of his family, but also in his visit to the most famous house in the United States.
“It's surreal,” said the Quebecer, according to the official Major League Baseball website. You're sitting up there on stage and I just get chills talking about it. It's an incredible honour.”
A memorable journey
As tradition dictates, the team presented a sweater to President Joe Biden, with the number 46 since he is the 46th president of the country. He rightly underlined the strong comeback of the team during this special season.
The Georgia team was indeed showing a record of 44-45 when starting the break of the all-star game. At the end of the campaign, their 88-73 record was only fifth best in the National League. Despite everything, they eliminated the Milwaukee Brewers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros in turn to be crowned champions.
It was only a question of a second conquest of the top honors since 1966, when the club settled in Atlanta.
“The Braves will forever be remembered for their irresistible joyous run last year, launched the occupant of the White House. I would say it was an unlikely course at the time. There was a difficult start. They did not have a winning record in the All-Star Game. They had a 0.4% chance of winning according to CNN.”
The exercise also seems to have pleased the players, who saw it as an opportunity to celebrate again. That's the case with reliever Kyle Wright.
“It's pretty cool to try to absorb it all,” Wright said. I hope this isn't the only time we've done this, but it's really special to be a part of it.”