Like all Braves fans, I watched Jorge Soler’s legendary Game 6 roll out of the stadium from every angle, and it’s hard to decide which is my favorite. The original is pretty cool.
A Jorge Soler BLAST railroad gives Atlanta a three-point lead in Game 6! 💥
— NBC Sports EDGE Baseball (@NBCSEdgeBB) November 3, 2021
But this angle that clearly shows the reaction of Astros fans as all their towels fall in unison is even better.
Jorge Soler is your World Series MVP! pic.twitter.com/DIUZ3JzwoV
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) November 3, 2021
HOWEVER, three months after the Braves won their first World Series title since 1995, I think I found the most remarkable aspect of this game, thanks to the help of my man Rusty on Twitter.
This is the favorite part. pic.twitter.com/ZZ29at6X5Z
– Rusty (@ Kype35) January 25, 2022
If you zoom in close enough, you’ll find Max Fried, amidst all the chaos, in an area where few of us could go if we were alone with our thoughts in a room. He’s laser-focused, and while Soler’s three-point blast was a promising start, he understands the job is far from done. Sure, he pitched six shutout innings in the win over arguably baseball’s best offensive team.
I’ve long said that Fried was a dump dog on the mound. His competitive spirit is second to none, which is why when all the chips are in, he’s the guy I want with the ball in hand. You can see it in his demeanor every time he hits the rubber, but nothing sums up his competitive nature quite like this moment. If it was a little clearer, I’d have this picture hanging all over my house. Because of that kind of mindset, focus and leadership displayed by Fried, this team is sitting here today as the World Series champions.