Maybe The Freeze isn’t a superhuman, after all. The Atlanta Braves costumed sensation made a name for himself this season by racing contestants between innings — giving his opponents a massive head start and still (usually) winning.
Drat — and just like that, a hero falls. Congratulations to the speedy fan who took him down, but it’s always hard to see beloved heroes like The Freeze lose their touch. After all, some kid was out there, watching excitedly in his Freeze costume, holding his Freeze action figure … only to watch his favorite hero get dusted by some fan.
And yes, The Freeze has lost before — but the stakes were so much higher tonight. This was the gosh dang All-Star Game and The Freeze had his chance to prove he was an All-Star.
Another great moment in The Freeze’s history. And even if he didn’t win at the All-Star Game, hopefully there are many more great moments to come.
Back then, though, there were just a couple of relievers traded, and the Mariners got most of them. Which brings us to the next section.
If you’ve never explored baseball newsgroups from the ‘90s, I heartily encourage it. It’s absolutely necessary perspective to read lengthy missives from people who are absolutely freaking out because their team traded Hancy Drendelaza. You realize that nothing matters, prospects always disappoint you, everyone is wrong, and baseball keeps moving on.
I used to have opinions on Jason Bay, if you can imagine.
And for my money, it’s hard to get a better freakout than Mariners fans had over Jose Cruz, Jr. being traded for Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin. Cruz was ranked the top prospect Cheap USA Basketball Jerseys in the Mariners’ system in 1996 and 1997, and he started his MLB career hitting Cheap Vikings Jerseys China dingers, with a .268/.315/.541 line in his first 198 plate appearances.