The Royals are making speed their trademark this year, with some of the fastest men in baseball on their roster, includng Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore, Whit Merrifield, and Adalberto Mondesi. Hamilton and Gore were recently on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, and host Stephen Nelson suggested the speedy pair take on Atlanta’s “The Freeze” in a race.
If you don’t know “The Freeze”, he is Nigel Talton, a grounds crew staffer with the Atlanta Braves. Talton ran track at Iowa Wesleyan University and Shorter College, winning a championship in 2012, so the Braves arranged a fun stunt between innings where Talton, dressed in a superhero costume and dubbed “The Freeze”, would race fans after giving them a sizeable head start. The most memorable race happened when one fan began celebrating prematurely.
Terrance Gore seemed up for the challenge, even saying that he knew Talton, which could make this potential race personal! “I’m in,” he replied, with Hamilton chipping in ““I think we should make that happen.”
The Royals head to Atlanta for a two-game series July 23 and 24. Will we see who is truly the fastest man in baseball?