The Atlanta Braves headed into game five with a sense of optimism considering the series was headed back to Atlanta. Things didn’t exactly go to plan, however, as Atlanta enjoyed yet another collapse.
Before the Atlanta Braves recorded the third out of the first inning ten Cardinals had touched home plate. A fact that is hard to believe in a must-win winner take all game five. This seems to be the perfect record to set for an Atlanta team.
Allowing the most runs in a single inning in postseason history is such an Atlanta stat to have that it belongs next to the 28-3 infamy.
The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves now have both had championship-level teams and set records for all the wrong reasons. The Braves simply didn’t execute in game four when they had so many chances to win and it came back to haunt them.
Giving up ten runs in an inning is an impressive accomplishment. Managing to avoid getting so many average hitters out over the course of so many batters is impressive, just impressive for all of the wrong reasons.
While this may not be quite as infamous as the Georgia Bulldogs blowing a potential championship or the Falcons blowing a 28-3 lead it is certainly close. It is a painful reality for Atlanta fans who seemingly endure more collapses and embarrassment than any other major sports city.
Even the Cleveland Browns who have been laughably bad for the last decade share a home with Indians who made a deep playoff run. Cleveland earned its first championship in recent history as well when LeBron finally ended their drought.
Atlanta is certainly in a class of its own in many respects and for all of the wrong reasons. The Braves can safely be added to this list along with the Bulldogs and Falcons. They have continued the tradition of making history and surprising to few Atlanta sports fans it is for all of the wrong reasons.