COBB COUNTY, Ga. – A Cobb County high school baseball team got a big surprise. The Braves surprised the team with playoff tickets.
Brave’s relief pitcher Chad Sobotka delivered the tickets to Campbell High School’s baseball team on Monday.
The Braves and Major League Baseball surprised the students with tickets to the first home postseason game at SunTrust Park.
“Well I’ve never really been to a Braves game that close to the field and I haven’t been to a playoffs game so I’m really excited,” said student Michael Braswell.
The Braves also gave the team National League East championship shirts and hats
Not having home field advantage in the NLDS was a mild disappointment for a Braves team that was a surprising, resounding success under manager Brian Snitker.
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The Braves had lost 90-plus games in three straight seasons in a rebuild that was expected to see them need at least another season to contend for a playoff spot.
Freeman, Markakis and NL rookie of the year contender Ronald Acuna Jr. instead helped them become the first NL team to win 90 games (90-72) after three successive seasons of 90-plus losses.
“I’m happy for all the guys in there that endured all that,” Snitker said.
Snitker said he would meet with the coaching staff and other members of the organization Monday to determine the 25-man playoff roster.
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