Today is a great day to be a Dodgers fan. On top of the club’s first spring training game, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman officially introduced first baseman Freddie Freeman. The press conference took place on the outfield concourse at Camelback Ranch.
Andrew Friedman opened the press conference by welcoming Freeman and his family to the Dodgers. After the pleasantries, reporters then asked Freeman about his decision to sign with LA and how the courtship transpired.
Freeman talked about how Friedman and his team made a quite impression during their negotiations. The new Dodgers first baseman also went out of his way to give Turner credit for the “assist” in getting him to LA.
“His [Justin Turner] name popped up on my phone quite a bit.”
Turner’s recruitment attempts weren’t just over the phone. Friedman recalled how Turner would not-so-subtlety try to persuade Freeman to come play for his hometown team when the Dodgers and Braves played each other.
“Every time Justin got to first base, he would tell Freddie how good he’d look in Dodger blue.”
Clearly, Justin Turner, in addition to the LA front office, was a factor in Freeman’s decision to ink a deal with LA.
The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya snapped a great photo of the Freeman’s on their first day as part of the Dodgers family.
The Freemans. pic.twitter.com/fWV74EDhFA
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 18, 2022
Another intriguing nugget from the introductory press conference was Freeman stating that his longtime former team, the Atlanta Braves, only contacted him twice during the offseason regarding a new contract.
Freeman is an incredible addition to this Dodgers team. His arrival only raises the already lofty expectations for the team’s 2022 season.
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