OK, Atlanta Braves, now win a World Series for the first time since 1995.
Do it for the suburbanites in Cobb County, one of a cluster of counties created in 1832, when Cherokee land was redistributed by lottery to settlers through the Indian Removal Act. Chief Noc-a-Homa must be crying.
The first World Series title since 1995 might even bring joy to the city of Atlanta, which joined forces with the Braves to build Tuner Field, the team’s home field of 17 years, but didn’t have $450 million to match what Cobb Countians could pay.
Cobb County, after all, is one of the nation’s 100 wealthiest counties, according to U.S. Census data.
Winning another World Series might even bring joy for those who stand to lose economically because of the team’s move, which the team announced Monday.
So win a World Series in the new stadium. Bridge to the last World Series victory, which happened when the Braves called the old stadium home.
No, not that old stadium. No World Series championship team ever called “The Ted” home.
It last happened for the Braves when they played in the long-ago-demolished Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, and enthusiasm from that World Series win followed the Braves into Turner Field in 1997.
Yes, the move makes business sense. Maybe the Braves can buy a few more free agents. We all get that.
Just maximize on-field results, because parades in Marietta would be nice.
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