The Atlanta Braves on Thursday clinched the NL East for the fourth straight season. Executive Alex Anthopoulos joined the team in late 2017 and has been in charge of the front office for all four titles. He called this one the most special and even offered Freddie Freeman a cool present to celebrate.
Anthopoulos told the assembled media on Thursday that they installed a soft serve ice cream machine in the clubhouse around June at Freeman’s request. Anthopoulos told Freeman that if the team won the division, the exec would send the first baseman a soft serve machine too as a celebratory gift.
It sounds like Freeman appreciated the offer but politely declined.
That was a cool gesture from Anthopoulos, who noted that Freeman’s son Charlie would have been excited about the gift.
There’s not much better than a soft serve machine. Throw in a toppings bar and you’re really rolling. The only time ice cream is not a good thing is when it’s coming from Daniel Snyder.
Freddie Freeman has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves, but his future beyond the 2021 season remains uncertain for now.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is a notable gap between Freeman and the Braves, and it is becoming increasingly likely that the first baseman will test the free agent market. However, Heyman ultimately believes Freeman will remain with the Braves, as both sides want to come to an agreement.
Freeman, who turns 32 on Sunday, is in the final year of the eight-year, $135 million deal he signed prior to the 2014 season. The reigning NL MVP is hitting .292 with 28 home runs on the season.
If Freeman were to leave the Braves, his son might have some opinions on who he wants his dad to play alongside. It doesn’t seem likely, though.
Freddie Freeman was called out on a controversial play at home during Tuesday night’s Atlanta Braves-New York Yankees game.
Freeman’s Braves were trailing the Yankees 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Austin Riley was at the plate with runners on the corners and two outs.
Riley drove a single up the middle to drive in one run. Freeman tried to score from first, forcing a relay throw home.
Even though Freeman appeared to possibly slide in safely, he was called out. Here is another look at the play:
The play was reviewed but the call stood.
Rather than Freeman tying the game and the inning continuing, the Braves first baseman was called out and the Yankees maintained a 4-3 lead.
Do you think Freeman was out or safe on the play?
Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie is a huge Fernando Tatis Jr. fan. This week at the MLB All-Star Game festivities, Charlie was looking all over the place for Tatis. He finally got a chance to meet the San Diego Padres star and was elated.
The thing is, the meeting wouldn’t have been possible without his dad making the NL All-Star team. In fact, Freddie says he was taking some heat from his son to improve his play to ensure an invite to the All-Star Game. Why? All so Charlie could meet Tatis Jr.
Freddie told the story on MLB Network Tuesday.
“Two months ago I’m hitting .220. And Charlie goes, ‘Daddy, I’m going to need you to start playing better so I can go to the All-Star Game and meet Fernando,'” Freeman said.
Freeman has picked it up since then. He entered the All-Star break batting .274 with 19 home runs, 58 runs scored and 50 RBIs. He earned his trip to the All-Star Game … much to his son’s delight.
Freddie Freeman might need to start considering retirement after what happened on Wednesday.
Freeman faced Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of Atlanta’s 10-0 win over the Cubs and struck out. Seriously.
Yes, that was the 2020 NL MVP striking out against a first baseman!
Our comments about Freeman retiring were a joke, of course. Freeman actually went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and 3 RBIs and was a big part of the reason why Rizzo pitched. Atlanta was up 10-0 at the time, so Chicago had Rizzo pitch part of the seventh to spare the bullpen.
Rizzo got two outs and walked a batter before returning to first base.
As for Freeman, he had a great attitude about being struck out by Rizzo. He said he didn’t mind the outcome because he believes it was fun and entertaining for the fans.
He’s right. It was a fun moment for the fans. It’s also a lot easier to be OK with that out when you still have four hits in the game. But if he ends up losing the NL batting title by a point, he might reconsider his attitude.
Amazingly, this is the second viral moment the two have produced in under two weeks.
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Anthony Rizzo was mic’d up for Sunday night’s Chicago Cubs-Atlanta Braves game, and he had one hilarious moment caught on recording.
The Braves had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the fourth inning, leading 6-3. Travis d’Arnaud flew out to right and scored Ronald Acuña Jr. on the play. But then Freddie Freeman, who was on second, got caught in a pickle. He was eventually tagged out to end the inning.
The best part is that Rizzo was yelling at Freeman during the rundown. Take a listen:
That was hilarious.
Rizzo was able to have fun on the play while still getting an out. And even Freeman seemed to be laughing about what Rizzo had done.
Rizzo had to find some levity in the game as his Cubs got smashed 13-4. Acuña also left the game with an injury after that play.
It’s not completely uncommon to see a player hit a home run out of Wrigley Field to left onto Waveland Avenue. Seeing it happen out to right field, however, is a little bit rarer.
Enter Freddie Freeman. The Atlanta Braves slugger got into one in a big way Sunday night against the Chicago Cubs. Freeman’s shot cleared the bleachers in right field on the fly and landed somewhere on Sheffield Avenue.
Even more impressive? This wasn’t a classic situation where the wind is blowing out at Wrigley, so this was more or less Freeman’s ridiculous strength. The ball traveled an estimated 421 feet, according to StatCast.
The only thing missing from Freeman’s dinger? Some visible property damage. Maybe next time.
A young Philadelphia Phillies fan went viral on Friday night after he gave a Freddie Freeman home run ball away to another fan, and the Atlanta Braves star took note of the gesture.
The Phillies fan, whose name is Joshua, was also at the series finale between Philly and Atlanta on Sunday. Freeman surprised the young man during batting practice with a ball that was autographed by both Freeman and Bryce Harper, whose jersey Joshua was wearing.
Freeman needled the fan a bit about not being able to catch his home run ball on Friday night. The ball glanced off Joshua’s glove and it took quite a bit to get it back to him. Some even joked that he gave it away because he felt like he didn’t deserve it.
In the end, it all worked out for everyone. That wasn’t the first time we have seen an awesome gesture from Freeman after a home run. He may play for a team that rivals Joshua’s, but the slugger probably just made himself another fan.
Freddie Freeman is a four-time All-Star and the likely NL MVP winner for this year. And if these videos are any indication, his young son Charlie may be soon following in his footsteps.
Freddie clubbed a 2-run home run to give his Atlanta Braves a 2-0 lead against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLCS at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Tuesday. After the homer, FS1 showed Freeman’s wife Chelsea and son Charlie celebrating.
Then they aired a little piece on the Freemans that highlighted Charlie’s baseball skills. Check out this video shared by Chelsea of her 4-year-old son crushing balls off tees inside what appears to be a hotel ballroom.
The young boy also has a good arm:
Chelsea is currently pregnant with twins, meaning the Freemans will be soon adding some more little sluggers to their team. One day long after Freddie retires, we may be seeing some other Freemans in the majors.
Freddie Freeman gave a point to the press box after his home run on Wednesday, and now we know why.
Freeman put his Atlanta Braves on the board with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the third inning of the team’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. After crossing home plate, he pointed to the press box.
Freeman said after the game that he pointed to the press box as a nod to Hank Aaron, who was a guest on the TV broadcast.
Aaron, 86, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 after spending 21 of his 23 MLB seasons with the Braves organization. One of the absolute legends of the game, he still is the MLB career leader for RBIs (2,297) and total bases (6,856). Any time you have a chance to homer in his presence is an honor, which explains Freeman’s gesture.
What’s also impressive is Freeman being at the top of his game despite what he recently went through.