This weekend marks Freddie Freeman’s first trip to Atlanta since signing with the Dodgers this past winter. Freeman’s long history with the Braves begins with the organization drafting him out of Villa Park High School in the second round of the 2007 draft. He broke into the bigs as a September call up in 2010 and was a full-time player the following year.
Safe to say, Freddie has a ton of memories from his time in Atlanta. He helped the Braves win the 2021 World Series, beating the Dodgers in the process. He made five All-Star teams and won the 2020 NL MVP. All of his Braves history appeared to come rushing back to Freddie as he sat down for a pregame press conference at Truist Park.
Initially, Freeman walked up to the podium, and left after being overcome with emotions. He made a return trip and reflected on all of his great memories from his Atlanta days as the tears flowed.
“I love the Braves organization with all of my heart. That will never change.”
Freddie thanked the fans, the Braves organization, and the Braves media for some wonderful times. He also explained how the 2021 World Series ring he’s going to receive this weekend is much more than a piece of jewelry.
“That ring is just not a ring to me. [Its] all the sacrifices, all the missed family time, all the hours, the broken wrists, the 14-hour bus rides in the minor leagues, the 4AM gets-ins at hotels, the grind every single year. To finally win it, there’s no better feeling in the sport.”
Freeman continued to rattle off the coaches, executives, and players that helped make that moment against the Houston Astros last October so special.
It was an emotional day for Freddie and figures to continue to be an emotional weekend.
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