Number five for the Atlanta Braves is number one in our hearts and here are some reasons why.
As we all reflect this Thanksgiving on the things were are thankful for, here are five reasons why I'm thankful for number five.
I am thankful for the fact that whenever number five gets up to plate, I feel a rush of confidence and reassurance. Reassurance that he will either get on base or do something positive for our team.
In the 2019 regular season, he had 121 RBI and 38 home runs. His offensive talent is undeniable and it showed in his best season yet. He set a career-high in home runs and it was his first time driving in over 100 runs since 2013.
Freddie only struck out 127 times in his 692 plate appearances which left us with a sigh of relief whenever he came up to bat.
His Gold Glove
There’s no denying he is everyone’s favorite first baseman and in his 1,365 defensive chances, he had 1,296 putouts. Having only 6 errors in his entire 2019 season, he shows his talent and reliability as an infielder.
He successfully finished 124 double plays this past season and this is due to his impressive (and notable) stretch at first base.
He is respected by not only his teammates but the coaching staff as well. Respect is something that must be earned and after almost 10 years with the Atlanta Braves, Freddie is most definitely deserving of it.
When looking at him on the field, you can see him take control of the defense and act as a leader for our young team. He is able to act as a mentor for the new players who are rising in the organization.
It can be hard for such a talented player to not let the fame and success get to his head but Freeman does not have that problem.
In an interview with Gabriel Burns, they discussed his 300th double after a June game last season. He said “I’m not one to talk about this stuff. You’re making me uneasy talking about this, but today was pretty cool…”
Aside from his talent on the field, Freddie is most known for his hugs. In his own words, he believes that “...this world needs a little more hugging in their lives." From his teammates to his coaches, you can always count on him for a good hug.