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Tuesday Bird Droppings: It’s World Series time

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Astros vs. Braves might not be the matchup anyone expected or particularly hoped for, but here we are. Who ya got?

World Series Workout Day Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Well, folks, here it is. The World Series. The Fall Classic. The final matchup of the 2021 MLB season. The winners of the American and National League, squaring off, mano a mano, in a championship showdown. This one’s for all the marbles.

It’s...the Houston Astros against the Atlanta Braves.

Huh. Okay.

I mean, it’s not that it’s a bad matchup. These are two top-notch teams. The Astros have been consistently excellent for the last half-decade and are playing in their third World Series in the last five years. The Braves were the best team in baseball for the last two months of the regular season and took down both the favored Brewers and Dodgers in the playoffs. Both clubs deserve to be here, and I’m sure it’ll be a competitive, hard-fought series.

But it’s not easy for a neutral fan to particularly want to see either team succeed. The Astros are still villains in many people’s eyes for their cheating scandal that rocked the baseball world. The Braves seem like a decent enough crew, but the incessant and problematic Tomahawk Chopping by their fans makes their home games nearly unwatchable.

I don’t know. If this were last year’s Braves, who played their home playoff games at a neutral site with few to no fans, I’d have no problem pulling for Atlanta to win it all (especially since last year’s Braves also featured former Orioles favorite Nick Markakis). As for the Astros, I guess you could make that argument that O’s fans should be happy about their sustained success, since Birds GM Mike Elias is trying to rebuild the Orioles in Houston’s image (but without the trash can-banging, presumably). And it’d be nice to see Dusty Baker finally win his first championship after a storied managerial career.

I can’t say I have any rooting interest, but I guess I’ll predict the Astros will win it. Their offense just seems too potent for Atlanta to contain. What say you, Camden Chatters?

Poll

Who will win the 2021 World Series?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Astros
    (56 votes)
  • 37%
    Braves
    (74 votes)
  • 35%
    I could not even begin to care
    (70 votes)
200 votes total Vote Now

Links

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Orioles offseason positional breakdown: Ramón Urías, Jorge Mateo emerge on an infield in flux as top prospects near majors - Baltimore Sun
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