Moms dig the long ball.
On Sunday, Braves star Freddie Freeman sat down with ESPN’s Buster Olney for a video on what Mother’s Day means to him and how it’s changed for him over the last 10 years or so, and in the process delivered a fantastic Mother’s Day gift.
In a pre-recorded Mother’s Day interview that played during Freeman’s at-bat in the third, Olney asked what Freddie would be gifting his wife, Chelsea. The first baseman responded appropriately: “Hopefully a home run, we’ll go for that. Maybe she’ll like that.”
Well, Freddie delivered on his end, hitting a home run while the video package was played side-by-side on the ESPN telecast:
Freeman lost his mom when he was young, making Mother’s Day for a sour calendar tent pole, to his own admission. But Freeman says that with the growth of his family and the support and love of his wife, the day is now a happier event.
Freeman’s home run is the latest highlight in a busy year for the reigning NL MVP: In April, he was caught up in run-down shenanigans with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo would later strike out Freeman — you read that correctly — in a subsequent Cubs-Braves matchup.
The blast was Freeman’s ninth on the season and it helped the red-hot Braves slide by the Phillies 6-1 on Sunday night.
Freeman’s power is impressive, but no strength is quite as impressive as Mom Power.