Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Team of '90S Finds Toast Tastes Good

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Team of '90S Finds Toast Tastes Good

Article excerpt

Last weekend, the Atlanta Braves looked like toast.

But Thursday night they were exchanging them. By winning three straight games from the Cardinals - by a staggering 32-1 margin - they rallied to win the National League Championship Series.

"We were all but counted out after Game 4," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. The Braves were concerned after losing three of the first four games in the series, but not fretful. "Our guys were never down," manager Bobby Cox said. "When we were down 1-3, they still weren't down. Neither was I or the coaching staff. We felt we could roll on and win three in a row." And roll they did, capped by their 15-0 rout in Game 7. Could the Braves ever have imagined such a dramatic turnaround? "You can imagine it, but you don't ever know," said Braves first baseman Fred McGriff, who tripled, homered and drove in four runs Thursday night. "Baseball is a funny game. They may get a few jam-shot hits, a chink down the line and score some runs, have a good game. You don't know what could happen." Now the Braves can stake their claim as baseball's Team of the '90s. They have gone to the last five NLCS showdowns and won four of them. They will bid for their second world championship of the decade against the Yankees, starting Saturday night in New York. The world "dynasty" comes to mind. "It's meaningful to me and some of the guys I've talked to," said Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, who threw seven shutout innings in Game 7. "Right now, we're concentrating on winning a world championship in 1996. If that solidifies our place in history, then that's great. "We've got guys who want to win, that's the bottom line. We're hungry to do that. Whether we win or not, we're pretty darned proud of what we've done in 1996. We'll put what we've done in the 1990s up against anybody. …

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