Atlanta Braves fans celebrated their first World Series victory since 1995 this week, but they didn’t really have time to savor the moment with their team on the championship parade. On Friday, the Braves’ buses roamed the streets of downtown Atlanta at an alarming rate.
According to Atlanta Police, 300,000 to 400,000 fans marched downtown for the parade, which started there before passing the Hank Aaron statue on Peachtree Street and ending at Truist Park. The speed of the buses meant each fan only had seconds to enjoy the show.
Phil the Bucket, one of the Atlanta Braves’ Home Depot Tools mascots, was no exception. The mascot frantically waved his arms as he ran down a sidewalk to follow one of the buses. It might not have been Phil’s wisest idea, as his “Instruction manual” on the Braves website said its content may explode in extreme heat.
The Braves buses were traveling fast long before they reached the city center. Pitcher Mike Soroka stood with the World Series trophy on the second tier of the bus as he traveled 55 miles an hour. It’s almost as risky as Tom Brady tossing the Lombardi Trophy from boat to boat during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl Parade last season.
After waiting 26 years for another World Series, the Braves parade route seemed to span no more than 26 seconds.
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