WATCH: Atlanta Braves’ Max Fried Delivers Fastest Career Pitch on a Twisted Ankle vs Houston Astros!

Published 11/03/2021, 1:03 PM EDT
Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried throws a pitch against the Houston Astros during the first inning in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports


Atlanta Braves put on an extraordinary performance in the World Series, to clinch their historic title. However, while many players pushed their limits, what Max Fried did was beyond incredible.

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The 27-year-old’s heroics were on display, as he overcame a career-threatening ankle injury, to throw his personal best pitch. Notably, the Atlanta Braves knocked out the Houston Astros, ending their World Series dream with a 7-0 scoreline in the last game.

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Max Fried throws a 98.4 mph fastball

The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros clashed in Game 6 of the seven-match series on Tuesday night. Notably, the Braves walked into the match with a three-game lead.

The game started with an injury scare for the Braves, as their star pitcher, Max Fried’s ankle, was accidentally stepped on by Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley. Astonishingly, Fried pulled through the pain and further led the Braves to victory with his pitch.

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) reacts after being stepped on by Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) during the first inning in game six of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the scary experience, Max seemed unstoppable. He threw his career’s fastest pitch with an injured ankle, at a 98.4 mph speed, to strike out Yuli Gurriel.

In-game five of the World Series, the Astros handed the Braves an upsetting loss. Hence, Max knew how important the comeback was on Tuesday night, and clearly, he played an important role in the turnaround.

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Atlanta Braves first win in the 21st century

Insane home runs and heroic pitches marked Atlanta Braves’ first-ever Fall Series title since 1995. The Braves have outclassed every opponent with their determination and willpower to break their losing streak. In the World Series, Braves clinched four out of six games, finishing the series before Game 7.

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder Adam Duvall (14) celebrates a grand slam home run against the Houston Astros during the first inning of game five of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

While the 2017 World Series winners, Houston Astros, came with better odds of winning the title, the Braves have successfully triumphed over them. Now, with their incredible outing, no Braves critics can count them out, ever.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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