The Dodgers home opener is always a spectacle. Yesterday was a cut above. Not only did longtime Spanish language radio announcer Jaime Jarrín throw out the first pitch to commemorate the beginning of his final season, but first baseman Freddie Freeman made his Dodger Stadium debut as well.
It didn’t take long for Freeman to remind fans why the Dodgers front office was willing to sign him to a six-year deal. The 2020 NL MVP logged a signature opposite field single against Reds pitcher Luis Cessa in his first at-bat at Chavez Ravine.
That was just the first chapter in Freeman’s incredible Dodgers debut. With the score tied 3-3 in the eighth, Freeman smashed a double to left centerfield to lead off the inning.
The home fans showered the first baseman with chants of “Freddie, Freddie” as the Reds made a pitching change. Freeman acknowledged the crowd and might have even gotten a little teary eyed. Freeman would score the go-ahead run as the Dodgers unleashed another offensive barrage en route to a 9-3 victory.
After the game, he talked about his emotions in that moment.
“That’s about as good as it gets right there. That was special. I looked up and saw my family jumping up and down too. That was a pretty amazing first game for me. The fans welcoming me out here. I think the next six years are going to be very nice.”
The slugger admitted that it was hard to describe his first night at Dodger Stadium.
“I got tingles. I got the chills going through my body. It’s hard to really even put into words. You don’t really see anything like that happening in the game. All you want to do is try your best and help the team win. To be able to have that moment in the eighth inning there, with these fans, my first game here, that’s as special as it gets right there.”
It should be the first of many enjoyable nights for Freddie Freeman in front of the best fans in all of baseball.
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