Friday June 24th was definitely a day that Freddie Freeman and his family had circled on their calendar. Not only was it Freddie’s first trip to Atlanta in a visiting uniform, it was also the day that Freeman received his World Series ring.
Before he even took the field on Friday, the Dodgers first baseman was overcome with emotions. It took two trips to the podium at Truist Park for Freeman to get through his press conference. Once he was there to stay, the tears flowed as he recounted the 15 years he spent with the Braves organization.
After all the build up, it was time to take the field and before his first at-bat, Freeman received a standing ovation that lasted over a minute. Once Freddie settled in, Braves starter Ian Anderson walked him on five pitches. He would go on to score the second run of the Dodgers 4-1 victory over the Braves.
In the post game interview with Kirsten Watson of SportsNet LA, Freeman explained why he glad that he got a walk in that first at-bat.
“I’m so glad I got walked because I couldn’t feel my legs. I couldn’t feel my legs for a few innings to be honest with you. It was emotional and I am worn out.”
He wasn’t the only one who was thrown off by the standing ovation. Anderson admitted it was “hard to focus” on pitching after the Freeman ovation.
The Dodgers first baseman finished the day 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks.
The middle game of the Braves and Dodgers weekend series is set for 4:15PM PT and will only be available on Fox.
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