The game of baseball “makes Freddie Freeman, one of the league’s purest hitters and most upstanding people, log 15 seasons in the Braves’ organization, including three straight 90-loss seasons, before getting to a World Series. There is also Braves coach Ron Washington, who had spent more than five decades in pro ball without a World Series ring, including one time as Rangers manager in 2011, when he was one strike away from a title three times.There also are Braves fans, who endured watching their team knocked out of 16 straight postseason appearances without a World Series title, an unmatched record of sustained futility. And then there is Brian Snitker, the Atlanta manager who doubles as the patron saint of dues paying.” Tom Verducci in Sports Illustrated: Dues Paid in Full, the Braves Are World Champions.