The Atlanta Braves capped a storybook MLB season after demolishing the Houston Astros in 6 games to claim the 2021 World Series at the Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

It was a “Cinderella” story for the Braves who had to buck tough odds when the season started. Atlanta did not have a winning record until Aug. 6 and had the lowest win total of any team to reach MLB’s postseason.

Aside from that, there were injuries to key players. The Braves lost Mike Soroka, Charlie Morton, and Ronald Acuña, something that made it practically improbable for them to pull off something.

But then again, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings as they say. One man pulled some strings in suspenseful fashion to try and turn things around. That man was no other than Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos.

With the backs against the wall, he knew they needed players to make up for their injured players. Before the MLB trade deadline, he managed to pull off deals and acquire key players like Adam Duvall, Jorge Soler and Eddie Rosario.

These recruits made a big difference and factored in heavily, giving the Braves their first World Series title since 1995. They also won the 1914 and 1957 editions, totaling four World Series championships.

Soler was also undeniably happy. Aside from winning his second World Series, he was also named the 2021 World Series MVP, his first.

But throughout the celebration, there was undoubtedly one person missing in Anthopoulos. He missed the celebration after testing positive for COVID-19 but Braves manager Brian Snitker gave him his kudos.

“He’s never going to cash the chips in, ever,” Snitker said via MLB.com. “If there’s ever slightly a chance or a glimmer of hope, he’s going to go out and go for it.”

Their 2021 World Series triumph also rebuffs the so-called “Atlanta Curse.” This was about the fact that the Braves own a record streak of 16 postseason appearances without a championship.

Guillermo Heredia #38 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates the team's 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros in Game Six to win the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park Guillermo Heredia #38 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates the team's 7-0 victory against the Houston Astros in Game Six to win the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park Getty Images | Carmen Mandato