COBB COUNTY, Ga. — After racing The Freeze during a Braves game and falling flat on his face in the process, one Georgia man is saying that isn’t the only reason they’ll remember that day.
While playing catch with his son at Monday night’s game at Truist Park, Stephen Moore was approached and asked if he wanted to participate in a mid-inning race through the outfield with speedster The Freeze.
“It was incredible running in front of 40,000 fans and I heard them the entire time, and as I was running they were getting louder, but in my mind The Freeze wasn’t going to pass me,” Moore told Channel 2′s Alison Mastrangelo.
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In epic fashion, Moore’s legs froze and he fell on his face just feet in front of the finish line, giving The Freeze time to pass and beat him.
“So right there at the very end he was about to pass me, I thought, ‘I have to go faster’ and my mind told me to go faster, and my body didn’t have it in me, and I think that’s what lead to the infamous face plant,” he recalled.
Within moments, his wife Hope, who was at home with their two youngest kids, received dozens of texts and calls.
“I always wanted to be on SportsCenter as a kid, but not for this reason,” Stephen said.
Stephen Moore suffered just a few minor injuries, including cuts on his knees and elbows and a bruised ego.
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The Moores say while falling in front of thousands of people is a memorable moment, it’s what happened earlier that day that they’ll never forget.
Stephen Moore says that same morning, they finalized the adoption of their 11-month-old son, Bridges.
“He was born in September in Texas,” he said. “We got to be in the room, but it took about 11 months to finalize [the adoption.] So Monday morning, [we] finalized his adoption at 9 a.m. and face planted against The Freeze at 9 p.m. What a day!”
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The Moores have been married for 10 years, but struggled with infertility. In 2018, the couple adopted their son Avett. Bridges’ adoption was finalized Monday, but he’s not their youngest child.
“We didn’t know it, but in that adoption process while we were there adopting him, my wife was pregnant. We had no idea. So when [Bridges] was two weeks old, we found out we were pregnant. So we have a three-month-old, an 11-month-old, and a three-year-old so we are busy at the house,” he told Mastrangelo.
They want anyone else struggling with infertility to know that adoption is always a great option. That and if you fall, just get back up again.
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