Braves Celebrate 20th Anniversary of World Series Win
They were America’s team…the team of the ‘90s…winning 14 straight division titles and the World Series in 1995.
“It’s been the only world championship that Atlanta has ever…I’m talking football, basketball, everything," said Atlanta Braves coach Eddie Perez. "I thought we were going to win more, everybody thought we would win more championships, so now it’s like wow we were the only team to win a championship in Atlanta. It feels really good, and it’s fun to hear people say wow you’re part of the world champion Atlanta Braves. I’m always proud to say yes."
From autographed baseballs to signed posters, fans came out in droves to see the former players from the championship team who reunited in Atlanta for the first time to celebrate what they accomplished 20 years ago.
“It’s special. You don’t get an opportunity to see a lot of the guys," said Atlanta Braves coach Terry Pendelton. "They are coming from all over the country. It’s a privilege and honor to get to see all of them. You know we’ve had a few of them in the years pass away, so you want to get the chance to see and speak with everyone you played with or for some these guys I played against in some way, but we all end up Braves in some way, shape or form."
“That’s a special group," Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. "Anytime you get that chance to put that kind of group together that accomplished something that great, I think is always going to be a fun day."
And now the future of the Atlanta Braves lies in the hands of a new group of players who follow behind some of the greatest players to ever play the game.
“We are not in first place anymore, we stopped putting banners out there in center field, but I think we are going to be OK," Perez said. "We are moving to the new ballpark, so hopefully we can start another streak and win games.
But sports fans, whether you see another championship in your lifetime or not, you will always have the '95 World Series to remember.