Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman had viewers in stitches after a hilarious pickle as the Chicago Cubs hosted the Atlanta Braves.
Even when you’re trailing 13-4, baseball can be fun. The Cubs have Anthony Rizzo to thank for that.
On Sunday, in the middle of a blowout by the Braves, Rizzo lightened the mood with a hilarious moment involving Freddie Freeman.
The Braves first baseman got caught in a pickle. Rizzo made it epic with a single shout.
— MLB (@MLB) April 19, 2021
“FREDERICK!” might be the soundbite of the 2021 season so far.
Everyone loved it, from the players to the announcers to the crowd. That may be as close to backyard baseball as most teams will get this year.
Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman made a day of it
Freeman had more reasons to laugh than just Rizzo’s antics. He started Atlanta’s barrage with a home run on his first at-bat, followed quickly by home runs from Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza and Guillermo Heredia. Heredia hit a grand slam in the sixth to add even more to the Braves’ sizeable lead.
In four at-bats, Freeman went 2-of-4 with two homers, an RBI and two walks.
While the Cubs had a rough day on the mound, Rizzo at least kept his hot streak going at the plate. With a home run of his own in the first inning, he made it five straight games with a hit. He got hold of another one in the third to double his home run total for the year.
Rizzo finished 2-of-4 with two home runs and two RBI.
Atlanta came away with the 13-4 win to take the series 2-1. The Cubs’ lone win was an emphatic one on Saturday, suggesting their slow start in terms of hitting might start turning around.
The Braves improved to 7-9 with a trip to New York to face the Yankees waiting for them. Meanwhile, the Cubs dropped to 6-9. They’ll welcome the Mets to Chicago next.