Friday was an emotional day for Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. Before the first pitch was even thrown in his first game back in Atlanta, Freddie broke down in the pregame press conference at Truist Park.
Freeman spent his first 15 years in professional baseball as a member of the Braves organization. In his 12-year career with the big club, Freeman experienced both ends of the MLB spectrum – from finishing 26.5 games out of first to hoisting the World Series trophy.
Some Braves fans were none-too-happy with Freeman’s decision to leave the only franchise he’s ever known via free agency this past winter. One Atlanta fan on Twitter questioned whether or not Freddie would get booed at Truist Park, to which former Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood responded that “real” Braves fans wouldn’t boo Freeman.
Apparently, there were 42,105 real Braves fans at the park on Friday because Freeman received a vociferous standing ovation in his first at-bat.
Freddie Freeman ?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 24, 2022
The ovation lasted just over a minute as the Atlanta fans showed their appreciation for franchise icon.
The moment seemed to get the best of Braves starter Ian Anderson as well. Anderson walked Freddie on five pitches and a couple of them were far from competitive.
After five All-Star appearances, a 2020 NL MVP award, 941 RBI, and a World Series ring, Freeman deserved every single second of the standing ovation.
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