While all of Major League Baseball remains suspended amid coronavirus, Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been keeping up with his batting practice alongside his son Charlie, 3, who apparently has already developed incredible hitting skills. Freeman’s wife, Chelsea Freeman, shared a video on Twitter and Instagram of her husband and Charlie practicing on Saturday, and the post quickly went viral.
Freeman’s son showed off a perfect swing and then proceeded to perform a celebration dance worthy of an MVP Award. Chelsea captioned the video, “Freddie and Freddie 2.0,” and within an hour the clip had over 100K views on Twitter alone.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the MLB All-Star and his son go viral for their backyard baseball practices during the coronavirus shut down. Chelsea shared an equally adorable video of Freeman, 30, taking swings off their kid’s pitches back in March. And while many might’ve expected the Braves player to take it easy on Charlie, he knocked the ball out of the park, or in this case, his backyard.
One user online spoke for many viewers by commenting, “These videos alone will get us through.”
Latest Updates on the MLB’s 2020 Season Returning From Lockdown
In a normal world, MLB’s 2020 season would have kicked off on March 26, however, as we head into mid-May, a new start date has yet to be officially announced. On May 6, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported, “Major League Baseball expects to offer a return-to-play proposal to the MLB Players Association within a week, as teams have begun to encourage players to prepare for a ‘spring’ training that could begin in mid-June and a season that could start in early July, sources familiar with the discussions told ESPN.”
While that sounds like hopeful news, with the death rate in America continuously rising from coronavirus, this possible return timetable might be a bit too optimistic. There’s still a lot to figure out before MLB returns, such as the protocol for what happens if a player tests positive for COVID-19, whether or not fans will be able to attend the games, or where games can be played if there’s a sudden outbreak in a particular city.
Passan reported, “General managers and managers from at least a dozen teams have reached out to players to suggest that they ramp up baseball activities, those familiar with the conversations — including executives, players, and agents — told ESPN. Some teams have suggested that players prepare for a spring training that could begin as early as June 10 and a season that could begin July 1… Other teams, sources said, are being more general in their timetables, understanding the complications that hard dates can cause, and wanting instead to nudge players toward being in game shape.”
In the meantime, Chelsea, who’s been married to Freeman since 2014, has found a safe way to keep baseball lovers entertained amid coronavirus.