Atlanta Braves: COVID-19 hits Freddie Freeman like a ‘ton of bricks’

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Saturday, the baseball-world was slapped in the face with the dose of reality in a COVID-world. Players like David Price opted to sit out the season, while others like Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman tested positive for COVID-19.

For the most part, the perception in America is that physically fit and young individuals, especially super-athletes like Freeman would fare well if they were to test positive for the virus. Unfortunately, that’s not a fail-proof assumption.

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After David O’Brien of The Athletic reported that Braves first baseman had tested positive for COVID, initial reactions had the slugger recovering rather quickly. One twitter comment even urged folks to not “believe the tests” because “most actually are false positives.”

Well, for those of you still in denial, Freddie Freeman’s wife Chelsea took to Instagram last night to report on her husband’s condition. “He has had body aches, headaches, chills, and a fever,” Mrs. Freeman wrote, “He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks.”

Freeman isn’t the only member of the Atlanta Braves who tested positive for COVID-19. According to Braves manager Brian Snitker Will Smith and Touki Toussaint also tested positive, though they are asymptomatic; Pete Kozma also tested positive and is also having symptoms.

Last season, Freeman tied his career-high home run total with 38. He posted a career-high 121 RBI, winning his first-ever Silver Slugger award. After this season, Freeman has one year left on his deal worth $22M.

In her Instagram post, after stating that their family took every precaution over the last 4-months, Chelsea Freeman urged people to “please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public, and wash your hands frequently.” Hopefully, people will take her advice seriously.

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In the meantime, we send positive vibes in Freeman’s way. Get well soon, Freddie!