I'm sure other pairs of sports glasses have received attention throughout the years, but no set of spectacles seems to have attracted more interest and intrigue than the lenses Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was eagerly waiting to receive.
Freeman, as you probably know, had been out for the Braves' past four games while dealing with blurred vision and a dry-eye problem that prevented him from wearing contact lenses.
As explained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Carroll Rogers, doctors advised Freeman to sit out to give the eyes rest from wearing contacts, while also treating the dryness with drops. But once his prescription sports glasses arrived, Freeman could get back on the field.
On Wednesday, Freeman could see again—speaking from a baseball standpoint, that is. His goggles arrived and Freeman was so eager to give them a try that he took batting practice without even changing from his civilian clothes into uniform.
Wearing his new accessory, Freeman returned to the Braves' lineup and he took out approximately two weeks' worth of frustration on the St. Louis Cardinals' pitching staff.
Hitting something with a bat is extremely therapeutic. Freeman batted 3-for-5, slamming a home run with three RBI in the Braves' 10-7 win.
Happy to have their slugging first baseman back in the middle of the batting order, Freeman's teammates showed their support for his new look when he returned to the dugout, as you can see from this Associated Press photo.
And that, kids, is why they called him Freddie "Four Eyes" Freeman.
On a personal note, I'm glad I didn't have David Ross, Brian McCann or Livan Hernandez as classmates when I first got glasses in fourth grade. Geez, having to wear those specs was traumatic enough.
Although, I suppose if I could've just gone out and hit a home run at recess, that might have settled the issue right there.
By the way, shouldn't Brian McCann be more sympathetic, having to wear glasses when he dealt with his own contact lens issue? Oh, it's so easy to make fun when it's someone else!
Not that this is bringing back painful memories or anything like that.
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