“Congratulations on winning the Series,” my USC classmate, a Yankees fan, told me 17 years ago tonight.
The Braves, behind Mad Dog and Wohlers, had just shut out the Yankees to take a 2-0 series lead with three games to follow at Fulco. It was the last time I felt complete confidence that my team was the best in the sport.
How could you not feel cocky? Counting the last two games of the NLCS, the Braves had outscored opponents 34-2. Not only did we have the best pitching in baseball, we had the game’s next young star,19-year-old Andruw Jones, who homered twice the night before.
Needless to say the Braves haven’t won a World Series game since. If you had told me that 17 years ago I would’ve laughed in your face.