With a lineup that has undergone a major face lift, most prognosticators wrote off Atlanta before the season even began. Well, the Braves surprised a lot of folks by beating the Marlins 2-1 on opening night- and doing so without Craig Kimbrel. Freddie went 1-4 against the Miami, whom he struggled against mightily last year, and followed that up with a 3-5 performance with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Perhaps after last year's struggles, Freeman finally let out a, "F***!!"
I kind of took a flyer on this Freeman Dominator card- getting it and Freddie's Donruss base card for 99 cents. And while I've never been much of a fan of superfractor x-fractoralidocious type cards, I have to admit that this thing is pretty nice in-hand.
Face of the Franchise
After Heyward and Kimbrel were traded, the 'Face of the Franchise' fell to Freddie- whether he wants it or not.
Not only did the franchise lose its face, it also lost three fan favorites with the trade of not only the aforementioned Heyward and Kimbrel, but also El Oso Blanco, Evan Gattis. Freddie, with all his hugs and on the field production, is probably the most popular current Brave. After all, it's hard not to like a fun guy!
By wearing the Number 5, Freddie has some pretty big shoes to fill. Former #5's include Bob Horner and Ron Gant.
First Baseman Flashing Fine Leather
The saber geeks would have us believe that FabFreddie5 is a horrible first baseman- but those of us who watch him know better. His range may not be among the elite, but the glove is- and has saved a large number of runs over the years.
The only thing that prevented Freeman from winning the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year was teammate Craig Kimbrel. A slugging percent of .448 with 21 home runs at the age of 21 was the perfect foreshadowing of Freddie's career. In fact, it's only gotten better.
Thankfully, the back of this card gives us some context: "On August 16, 2014, Freeman and his teammates donned cream colored jerseys and solid navy hats- uniforms reminiscent of those worn by the 1914 Boston Braves. That memorable club started just 4-19 before storming to the 1914 World Series title." We don't get context on cards very often.
Fever- Spring, That Is
Not only will the Braves be moving into their new home in Cobb County come 2017, but their spring training lease in Orlando expires that same year and it's probably a given that the team will relocate its spring training base. They could probably move to the Grand Canyon and #5 would still be hitting 'free-bombs.'
Speaking of dingers....
First Home Runs
I just received this card yesterday from Brian at Highly Subjective & Completely Arbitrary (along with some '88 Donruss). It's from this year's Topps set and commemorates Freddie's first career homer- which came on September 21, 2010 against Roy Halladay and the Phillies.
Thanks, Brian, and remember folks...
There's nothing wrong with a well-timed F-Bomb (or, Freddie Bomb)!!