Everyone expected it to be an emotional night with the Dodgers taking on the Braves. Kenley Jansen made his first return to Los Angeles since signing his free-agent deal, and there was plenty of love on both sides. But Freddie Freeman also got his very first opportunity to play against his former team as well, coming off of a few weeks of drama between Freeman and the Braves.
But Freddie was able to reel in those emotions and focus on the game that he is so good at playing. Despite all of the time that he had to spend speaking to the Dodgers and Braves media members before the game, he looked locked in from the start.
That led to Freeman hitting his first homerun with the Dodgers on Monday night. He took a 1-0 fastball and slashed it into left-center. It snuck just over the wall in the outfield, and Freddie had his first homer in LA. That came after the Freddie chants poured down from the Dodger faithful as he stepped into the batter’s box.
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It was truly fitting, given that Freddie was playing his former team. It was also his first at-bat against his former team, because why not. The Dodgers’ first baseman really tagged that one though, and it’s sure to be the first of many in Los Angeles.
Freddie hit 31 homeruns for the Braves last season, coming off of 38 during his 2019 season.