ATLANTA — After the Braves earned a victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night, winning Atlanta a trip to the World Series, fans erupted with excitement in Truist Park.
The Braves' Austin Riley told 11Alive that moment felt "unbelievable."
"What some of these guys have gone through -- Freddie and Smith -- they've been though the dog days of summer with the Braves and to finally get them to the World Series, I think that's what hits home for me," Riley said.
The ballpark became electrifying, as players stormed the field to commemorate their historic win.
The scene looked strikingly similar to the celebrations that took place 22 years ago at Turner Field in Atlanta, the last time the Braves were headed to the Series.
Video footage from after defeating the New York Mets on that chilly Tuesday October night in 1999 shows players and coaches side-by-side sharing embraces and cheering while the crowd goes wild.
Photos: Braves celebrate NLCS victory over Dodgers
Chipper Jones, former star player for the Braves, and Glenn Hubbard, a former coach, are captured alongside fellow players and coaches while jumping with joy.
Riley said he was happy to get past the Dodgers and finally bring this win to the home team.
"I'm really blessed to be along for the ride because I'm so young in my career," Riley said. "You know, this doesn't happen every day."
The Braves will take on the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series starting Tuesday night in Houston, aiming to bring a trophy home in the championship for the first time since 1995.