In Freddie Freeman’s first game at Dodger Stadium, he received a standing ovation and a deluge of “Freddie! Freddie!” chants. The Freddie chants have bee commonplace at Chavez Ravine this season, but as it turns out, they aren’t just limited to the Dodgers home stadium.
During the Dodgers Sunday matchup against the Padres, the Freddie chants from the visiting crowd was audible before his second at-bat. After the game, Freeman was asked if he’s ever heard his name chorused at a visiting stadium. Luckily, the SportsNet LA cameras were rolling.
“No. When you’re in southern California, the Dodgers travel real well. I know that…there’s been multiple times when I was with the Braves where they would sell out a whole section and they’d be there. I know the Dodgers [fans] travel real well. Heard it again in the second at-bat and luckily I was able to come through.”
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 24, 2022
And come through he did. Freeman hit a two-run home run to centerfield to push the Dodgers lead over the Padres to 3-0. LA would go on to win the game and the series.
In 15 games this season, Freeman is slashing .322/.397/.525 and after Sunday, leads the team in home runs and hits. It’s early, but so far, he’s definitely validating the six-year, $162M that the Dodgers gave him this past offseason.
It’s not the first time Freeman has heard the Freddie chants outside of Dodgers Stadium, and it won’t be the last.
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