We love when the word “Excellence” is used in a headline and that was the case recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Freddie Freeman, MVP: Excellence rewarded” was the headline, and he was deserving as the 2020 National League Most Valuable Player. –By Brian Hurlburt, Magnifying Excellence Podcast Host.
And as we have learned through our first five episodes of the Magnifying Excellence Podcast–and through other interviews we have done–most people and high achievers believe Excellence is a journey, not a destination. Such is the case with Freeman, Atlanta’s first baseman.
In the article, writer Mark Bradley recalls how Freeman overcame a rocky start and also details how he stuck to the process and slowly built himself into one of the best players in baseball.
Freddie Freeman arrived in the major leagues Sept. 1, 2010. He started that night, going 0-for-3 against the Mets. He wouldn’t start again until Sept. 26. The Braves entered the month leading Philadelphia by three games – down from seven July 22 – and were trying to win the National League East in Bobby Cox’s final season. Frank Wren had landed Derrek Lee at the trade deadline to play first base. It wasn’t the time to run out a rookie to see what he could do.
Bradley ended the article with that word again.
The next person to offer an unkind word about Freddie Freeman will be the first. He’s a great player. He’s a great teammate. He’s a great guy. In our flawed world, virtue and excellence aren’t always rewarded. This time they were.