Braves vs. Pirates Video: Watch Freddie Freeman's Great Grab over Tarp and Crowd

Doug MeadCorrespondent IJune 5, 2013

Oftentimes, major league players make spectacular defensive plays that make all of the highlight reels on national news networks and media outlets. But most of the time, players aren't fighting through obstacles in their way.

That didn't stop Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Tuesday night.

In the first inning between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates, Freeman made a play that required him to deal with both a tarp and a crowd in his way.

It didn't deter him in the least.

Freeman's amazing catch ended the first inning and earned him plenty of accolades on Twitter.

Freeman's efforts earned him at least one special honor:

@freddiefreeman5 Getting the play of the night on MLB Tonight. Well done, sir. Well done.

— J.B. (@JBTWEETNOTHINGS) June 5, 2013

Other fans let the praises flow as well:

#SCtop10 that Freddie Freeman catch was an exquisite display of athletic ability #Braves

— Heat Gang (@SportsTalkOnlin) June 4, 2013

Freeman typically isn't known for his defense. In fact, according to FanGraphs, Freeman ranks second-to-last among all qualified first baseman in UZR.

But on this night, Freeman's defense was on display.