Atlanta – Braves fans had high expectations when they gathered at Veritas Park for the playoff opener against the Phillies, but unfortunately, their enthusiasm didn’t translate into victory. The team eventually lost to the Phillies 1-3 and had a bad start to the playoffs.
Fans from all over flock to the stadium, some even traveling five to six hours to watch the game. They were ready to support their team, only to be let down.
Even before entering the stadium, the energy surrounding the Warriors was palpable. The rivalry with the Philadelphia Phillies is fierce, especially after the Phillies eliminated the Braves in the playoffs last year.
One devoted fan, David Jones, attended the game despite a broken leg and refused to let the injury stop him from attending the game in person. He remains hopeful this year will bring a different outcome.
“Last October, my wife and I were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary,” he said. “It breaks my heart, but not this year.”
Distance didn’t stop the Burnett family, who brought three generations all the way from Oxford, Mississippi, to Truist Park to support their beloved Warriors. While they are cautiously optimistic about the team’s prospects, they told Fox 5 they are managing their expectations.
“Let’s not put the cart before the horse,” John Burnett said. “Hopefully we’ll be back in a few weeks.”
The first game did not go as fans had hoped, resulting in a loss for the home team.
“It was a four-hour drive to see a loss, but it didn’t matter, I had a lot of fun,” said 13-year-old Warriors fan John Kirkpatrick.
The mother-daughter duo Pamela and Michal Garvey shared a laugh and noted that the team is known for its ability to respond in critical moments.
“They know how to seize it. When things really come down to the wire, that’s what they’re good at,” they said. “But, I wish they would have started sooner.”
Despite the disappointment of the first game, fans remain hopeful for the second and subsequent games.