It has been five years since the Atlanta Braves took a champagne shower in celebration of making it to postseason play. With an 8-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and a little help from the San Francisco Giants, the Braves wrapped up the wild card on Sunday.
After the team completed its nail-biting victory over the Phillies, it gathered in the clubhouse to anxiously await the outcome of the final game between the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. The final day of the 2010 season began with the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres tied for the wild card. The Braves seemed to have a secure hold on the wild card going into the final weekend of play; however, two losses by the Braves and two victories by the Padres on Friday and Saturday knotted the two teams together with the same record.
Thankfully, everything worked out for the Braves as they had hoped. Tim Hudson pitched very well to keep the Philadelphia batters off the bases. On the other page, errors continue to hurt Atlanta in more ways than one.
With postseason play just days away, what keys to success will the Braves need to muster in order to make it to the World Series? Manager Bobby Cox has told the team to win for themselves and not for him, but every baseball fan in America knows that the Braves want to win it for Bobby.