The Freddie Freeman visit to Atlanta will be a hot topic around baseball for a while. It will be even more of a hot topic when the Dodgers and Braves inevitably meet up in the postseason again this year. So don’t expect the headlines to disappear anytime soon.
But this week was a lot of Freddie news. It started with all of his emotions while playing the Braves. Dodgers fans weren’t particularly thrilled by it, and Clayton Kershaw’s comments only further fueled that fire over the last couple of days.
But Dave Roberts was not one of those guys that had an issue with it. The Dodgers skipper spoke about it with The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya this week, and he went after the critics hard. Rightfully so, given that he should always want to protect his players.
“If anyone has a problem with it, that’s on them. It shouldn’t be a problem. This guy has helped us win a [expletive] ton of games this year and will continue to do so. And for him to have his moment with a team that he poured 15 years into, I don’t see a problem with it.”
Freddie spent a very long time with that organization. And while he’s obviously with the Dodgers now, it’s understandable that he would get emotional seeing all of his friends that he made in that time there. It’s also understandable why fans in Los Angeles would feel a little awkward about it.
But as the kids say, it is what it is. Dodgers fans get to move on from that series with one of the best hitters in the league cemented right at the top of their lineup. Be thankful for that while he still have him.
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