Freddie Freeman was the victim of the Atlanta Braves’ offseason decision, to trade in a younger, cheaper option at his position, Oakland Athletics’ first baseman Matt Olson. Freddie Freeman made his major league debut in 2010. Over the next decade, he became an All-Star, Silver Slugger, Gold Glover, MVP, and World Champion.
On the day Freddie Freeman visits Atlanta Braves in Truist Park, he gets his World Series ring. He won the Championship, World Series 2021 with the Atlanta Braves. When the Atlanta Braves traded Freddie Freeman, they signalled the end of his era after 12 seasons.
Freeman ultimately signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who made their first trip to Atlanta this season on Friday. Prior to the game, Freeman was overwhelmed with emotions. Freddie Freeman walked in, walked out and again walked back in, saying he was not sure if he could get through the press conference.
Freddie Freeman has a meltdown in return to the Braves’ Truist Stadium
Freeman was a few steps away from the dais, ready to take questions during a pre-game press conference when he had a meltdown and walked out of the room. He emerged minutes later visibly overcome by tears and emotions to which every Atlanta Braves fan can relate.
“I don’t even know if I can get through this,” Freddie Freeman said. “I don’t know — all the emotions — it’s hard to put into words. I’m just happy to be back. This organization, the people, the media people who have covered my family with grace and love over the last 12 years. It’s hard...”
“I’ve always told you guys how much I love the Braves and this city. I thought I loved this city and organization a lot, but — you can tell how much I really do love this organization and this city. I don’t even know how I’m gonna get through this weekend, to be honest.”
Receiving his 2021 World Series championship ring, presented by Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in a pregame ceremony, was a bit sentimental for Freeman. Following a tribute video to Freeman, he made a slow walk to the field to join the Manager, who stood beside the World Series trophy in front of the mound.
Braves fans gave him a standing ovation and cheered, some chanting “Freddie! Freddie!” Freeman answered by removing his cap and raising both arms to the fans. Freeman hugged Braves’ Manager Brian Snitker twice, grinned and gave the ring a kiss.