Between one inning per game, the Washington Nationals have the president’s pets take over in a foot race, and the New York Yankees entertain fans with a virtual subway race.
Since 2017, Atlanta Braves fans who attend games at Truist Park have been looking forward to one lucky fan making it to the outfield warning track to try to beat «The Freeze.»
Track star Durran Dunn is currently the man behind the glasses and tracksuit. Nigel Talton debuted as «The Freeze» more than six years ago. Talton is a Georgia native and was a track star in high school and college.
During Thursday’s game, one fan looked ready to hand «The Freeze» a rare loss, but blew his chances when he lost his footing late in the race.
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Fans who come to the plate to compete against «The Freeze» are usually given a generous head start, usually around five seconds.
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But the fans’ slide towards defeat has become par for the course as they begin to feel «The Freeze» quickly cut their lead.
The jumbotron showed the fan’s disappointment to the home crowd. And the MLB replay even showed the harrowing loss in slow motion, from multiple angles.
The Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday for their major league-leading 62nd win of the season.
Dunn was a star athlete in southern Mississippi, where he competed in track and field. He always played defensive back for the Golden Eagles his senior year.
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«The Freeze» is not undefeated, but losses are rare. The races have also attracted other athletes to see if they can reach the finish line first. Former NFL star receiver Chad Ochocinco Johnson challenged «The Freeze» in 2021, with the race ending with a final photo.