Braves 2B: Playoff Baseball “Totally Different”

Ozzie Albies explained the difference between regular season and postseason baseball

Reiter Than You
September 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm
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Ozzie Albies is only 22 years old, but he’s wise beyond his years, at least on the diamond. The Braves second baseman tasted postseason baseball last year, and he’ll taste it again this year, as the Braves (97-65) have won back-to-back NL East titles.

“It’s totally different than the regular season,” Albies said on Reiter Than You, referring to postseason baseball. “There’s more adrenaline going, it’s packed every night – but we don’t pay attention to those things. We go there and play baseball. It’s the same baseball game. It’s your mind that’s in control of everything. Mind over matter. Don’t let your mind get all stuck with all this other stuff. Just be focused, locked in, stick to the plan you have.”

The Braves have gone from 68 wins to 72 to 90 to 97 over the last four seasons and are considered by many one of the best young teams in baseball. In fact, many analysts felt the Braves “arrived early” last season, with their rebuild seemingly ahead of schedule.

Although they fell to the Dodgers in the NLDS in four games, it was still an unforgettable experience for Albies.

“It’s something you always watch on TV, something you always dream about,” he said. “Last year, the first inning, you know you’re there and you’re in it. Adrenaline will take over everything. You want to do great, so you got to keep yourself under control and do what you need to do.”