There’s being “sick,” there’s “flu-like symptoms” and then there’s “Oh my god, I’m the only legit star on the worst team in baseball and I have to come to the ballpark and endure this hell every single night.” Freddie Freeman has a case of the last one, it seems. From Mark Bowman at MLB.com:
“I don’t know what it is,” Freeman said. “I threw up about six times today and threw up once yesterday. That’s no excuse, but I just wasn’t feeling good.”
No one on the Braves is feeling particularly good given that they’re in San Diego. Where the Braves have lost their last 11 games, dating back to 2012. In that game Chipper Jones had a big hit and Mark Kotsay was a pinch runner. It may as well have been 35 years ago. Maybe Jerry Royster or Bruce Benedict had a big hit.
Freeman’s a ballplayer, though. He suited up because a sick and barfy Freeman is still orders of magnitude better than anyone else the Braves could’ve trotted out there last night. He struck out three times, but maybe for a few moments alone in the batter’s box his mind could wander a bit and he could pretend it was 2012 again and Chipper Jones and all those dudes were still back in the dug–[Freeman looks]