Freddy Freeman is excited to receive Braves World Series

One week after the MLB shutdown ended in March, Freddy Freeman signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers to celebrate the end of an era as a pillar of the Atlanta Braves franchise.

After the Braves reportedly refused to extend their contract offer to a sixth year, Freeman turned his view to teams willing to fulfill that commitment. The Dodgers who needed a left-handed bat stepped up and realized they had to run in one of the best hitters of the past 15 years.

Now Freeman is returning to Atlanta for the first time since leaving The Braves on free agency. Friday’s series opener at Trust Park will see Freeman earn his 2021 Braves World Series ring.

Braves players already had their tournament gear on hand when they visited Dodger Stadium in April, but Freeman made sure to avoid much like catching a glimpse of it.

“Rob Smith was wearing it and I said, ‘Take it off. I don’t want to see it. “I’ve seen it clearly in photos and videos and all of that, but the first time I want to see it in person, that’s what happens,” Freeman explained.

“So we put in a lot of work and put in a lot of hard work to win that last year and a lot of years over the last decade have gone into that. So I want to be able to see it for the first time in person.”

Post-season best for Freeman came during the World Series for Atlanta, when he hit .304/.420/.625, with five home runs and 11 RBI.

In Freeman’s time in Los Angeles thus far, he’s already gone on to show off a lot of hits that he’s been with for the Braves for 12 seasons.

Freeman has a hit average of 0.98 with six home runs, 40 RBI and a slowdown on base as well as 0.855 over 66 games. He currently ranks 94 percent in both xBA and xWOBA and remains one of the league’s top hitters despite the recent lull.

However, Freeman has a 0.913 OPS and in the last seven games.

Freeman, Anthopoulos fix the relationship

During an introductory press conference with the Dodgers, Freeman expressed his love and gratitude to the city of Atlanta, but was reluctant to discuss conversations with Braves chief of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos.

After the Braves visited Los Angeles in mid-April, Freeman explained that he and Anthopoulos walked away from their conversations with strong understanding.

“That our relationship was good. That was the main thing. We’ve spent a lot of time together over the past four years, working to win the world championship, and we’ve been able to make it happen,” said Freeman.

“Obviously, with lockdown and all that, not being able to talk and free agency, just to be able to talk to him again and make sure our relationship was good. That’s what it was all about. Because when I walked into the dugout, we had a big hug. That What I wanted, and I think that’s what I think he wants, too.

“We’re obviously on different sides now, but the friendship is strong.”

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