The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Atlanta Braves Clinch 2003, 2004 NL East Titles
Originally posted 9/22/2003

The Braves stoically congratulate each other on winning two more division titles
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves clinched their 12th and 13th consecutive National League East titles this week with a win in Montreal on Wednesday and a Florida Marlins loss on Thursday. The two titles extended the Braves' division championship streak, the longest in North American professional sports history.

"I'm real proud of my guys," said Braves manager Bobby Cox, who has managed all 12 division-winning teams, and will manage next season's as well. "We've just got to make sure we don't let up, since we've got the Giants we've got to contend with as far as home field advantage. And we've got all of the teams in the West and the Central to contend with in 2004. So we'll have to make sure we don't let up then, either."

"I guess this just wasn't our year," said outfielder Juan Encarnacion of the Florida Marlins, whose Thursday loss ensured the Braves' 2003 and 2004 NL East crowns. "And I guess next year isn't going to have been our year, either.

"Major League Baseball would like to congratulate the Braves on two more record-setting division championships," said commissioner Bud Selig. "This is indeed an historic season, as the Braves have become the first team in major league history to 'lap' all of the other teams in their division and win next year's title before the current season is over. Well done, Atlanta Braves. Now hurry up and lose in the NLCS so we can see who'll be playing in the World Series."

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