While the 2015 Atlanta Braves were far from the World Series, or even the playoffs, at least one member of the team is guaranteed to win a ring.
As the Kansas City Royals took a 3-1 lead in the Series over the New York Mets, it pulled outfielder Jonny Gomes within one win of his second title in three years. He was with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 when they took the crown, and although he’s yet to play in this year’s Fall Classic, he’ll get a ring if the Royals win one more game.
Gomes played 83 games with the Braves this season, batting .221 and providing necessary leadership in the clubhouse for a young roster. Gomes was traded at the end of August as the Royals attempted to bolster their bench, but he has yet to appear at the plate or in the field in the World Series.
If the Royals win, Gomes will get a ring, whether he plays in any of the World Series games or not.
Of course, there’s always a chance that the Mets rattle off three consecutive wins and shock the world, and if that happens, two members of this year’s Braves squad would be celebrating in the winner’s clubhouse. Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe were shipped out of Atlanta in late-July, and the Braves received two minor-league pitchers in return.
Should the Mets pull off the unthinkable, those two players would get rings. So far in the playoffs, Johnson and Uribe have combined for two hits in nine at-bats. Uribe was held out of the first two rounds of the playoffs due to a chest injury, and Johnson’s role has been reduced to a utility infielder following the rise of second baseman Daniel Murphy.
But none of that will matter if the Mets can string together three more wins. In this game, everyone’s chasing a ring, and at least one member of the 2015 Atlanta Braves is guaranteed one.
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