Last night was as magical as any night in the past two years for the Atlanta Braves. They exorcised the demons of 2011, quieted the skeptics, kept the core of the team together, and earned another spot in the postseason. So what's next? Chipper Jones says the season isn't over yet:
"There was never any doubt. We knew that last year was somewhat of a fluke. We kind of got caught not really knowing what to expect. A lot of these guys they took the attitude of trying to hang on, this year we took the bull by the horns and we were like we were shooting for the stars. We’re still shooting for the division until they close us out. and we’ll let the wild card be a byproduct of finishing second and coming up short. But we’ve still got life."
That's been their mantra the last month -- they're shooting for the division title. With the need to rest players and pitchers, it will be interesting to see if they can keep the same intensity over the last eight games. To win the division, the Braves have to be nearly perfect, while the Nationals have to do what the Braves did last year, and lose nearly all their remaining games. But as we learned last year, anything can happen.