Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has had quite an offseason. After a breakout year in 2013, in which he led the Braves in hits, doubles, and RBI and was second in batting average and runs scored,Freeman finished fifth in balloting for the National League MVP Award.
But that was only the beginning of an eventful few months. First came an engagement to girlfriend Chelsea Goff. Freeman proposed to Goff, a former model who is now a licesed realtor, on a boat on Sunday, January 19. News of the engagement broke when the couple posted photos of the engagement on Twitter.
Then came the late January snowstorm that paralyzed Atlanta. Despite the fact that only two inches of snow fell in the metro area, the city was gridlocked from the afternoon of Tuesday, Jaunary 28 overnight and into the morning of Wednesday, Jaunary 29. Some commuters spent more the twelve hours attempting to make it home, spending the night in their cars, or in local businesses that served as warming stations for stranded drivers.
Freddie Freeman was one of those drivers. After eleven hours of trying to make it home following a Braves Caravan appearance, Freeman, still ten miles from home, gave up on making it in a traditional fashion. Fortunately for him, he had another idea. He called friend and former teammate Chipper Jones, whose home is near Freeman’s. Jones wrapped up, jumped on an ATV, and rode to the rescue. It was one of the lighter moments in an awful few days for the people of Atlanta.
Speaking of Chipper Jones, Freeman’s stats for the first three years of his career compare favorably to thos of the future hall of famer.
As if getting engaged and then stuck in a snowstorm weren’t enough for one offseason, Freeman again made headlines in early February when he and the Braves agreed on the largest contract in team history. The eight year $135 million extension allowed the two sides to avoid arbitration, and ensured that the young star would remain a Brave for the forseeable future.
If the upcoming season is anywhere near as exciting for Freeman as the offseason was, the Braves could be primed for another good year. In 2013, the team won 96 games, and the N.L. East title, before losing to the Dodgers in the playoffs. Another big year from Freeman would go a long way toward helping the Braves take the next step and make a run at the World Series.