The two fastest men in baseball are now in Atlanta and they absolutely need to race
On a wish list of things that simply must happen, I posit this: Billy Hamilton needs to race the Freeze.
The Braves picked up Hamilton on Monday off the waiver wire. For those unaware, the man is fast in a sense that almost can't adequately be expressed with words. His feats are unrivaled when it comes to jaw-dropping, eye-popping speed on the diamond.
At SunTrust Park in Atlanta, the Braves often trot out a man known as The Freeze, who routinely leaves all opponents in the dust during their "races" on the warning track, usually resulting in scenes like this:
Seeing The Freeze crush the souls of these fans, most of whom get pretty full of themselves as they get out to a quick lead in their race, only to be humbled as the man in the teal bodysuit blurs past them as they tumble to the ground, never gets old.
But The Freeze against Billy Hamilton? One of these men has to be faster than the other. Both are incredible athletes and earn the respect and shock of all who see them at their best. But one has to be THE best, right? They can't both be the "fastest man alive."
So here's hoping they end up racing at some point. Somehow. Hamilton's in Atlanta to play baseball and be a valuable asset on the Braves' bench, obviously, as the team eyes October glory. He probably can't do this race now.
Not to pour cold water over my own point, but I understand that the chances of this actually happening might be slim to none. Nobody would want to see Hamilton injure himself in this foot race to end all foot races.
But that's why this is on my "wish list." Please? Maybe? Just say maybe. That's all I want. That's all we need to keep hope that this epic battle can one day be realized.
And if it does ... who'd win?
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.