MIAMI — The Freeze, the Atlanta Braves’ fleet-footed groundskeeper turned ballpark racer, is without question the best in-stadium promo this season in Major League Baseball, so it’s completely warranted that he get a spot at Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Marlins Park.
The Freeze’s first roadtrip, however, did not go too well at all. He didn’t just lose in Miami. He was smoked by an All-Star Game fan. It wasn’t even close.
The game was, though, as the American League pulled out a narrow 2-1 win over the National League in the 10th inning.
Here’s a look at the race, which happened between the second and third innings:
This is the same gimmick that the Braves use. The person racing The Freeze gets a head start, then The Freeze is unleashed and quickly catches his competitor. Usually, at least. He’s lost a couple times. As our own Jay Busbee wrote recently, The Freeze is actually a 26-year-old named Nigel Talton who was a competitive sprinter at Kennesaw State near Atlanta, so his racing pedigree is legit.
It just wasn’t legit enough during his first All-Star appearance. As it turned out, his opponent had baseball ties too:
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 12, 2017
Not all the blame should go on The Freeze here. Major League Baseball should have chosen an easier mark to put The Freeze over with the out-of-town crowd. We were hoping for Marlins Man.
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