- Freddie Freeman faced his former Braves teammates for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers
- He fittingly homered in his first at-bat against his old team
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Freddie Freeman spent the first 12 seasons of his professional career in Atlanta.
The former Braves first baseman has been one of the most influential players in the organization over the last decade, helping lead the team to a World Series title in 2021. That was Atlanta’s first championship since the mid 1990s.
This offseason, however, he cut ties from the Braves, opting to head to the West Coast. Originally from California, Freeman returned home to the Dodgers where he starts anew.
On Monday, the left-handed slugger faced off against his former teammates for the first time since leaving Atlanta, and he was certainly emotional to see old friends.
— 680 The Fan (@680TheFan) April 18, 2022
Freeman speaks to his lifelong friendships developed within the organization, as well as reflects on what they were able to accomplish in his 12 seasons.
Freddie Freeman went to the #Braves clubhouse this afternoon and had about “25 hugs and about four tears.” Asked if this week will give him closure, he said he’s not looking for closure and loves everyone w/ Braves, that he spent 12 years in ATL and won a championship with them.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 18, 2022
Freeman also received his Silver Slugger Award, which he won last season in Atlanta after hitting .300 with 31 homers. The first baseman led the National League in runs scored for a second straight year.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 19, 2022
The pregame festivities were great to see, but fans were anxious to see the start of the highly anticipated contest.
When the first pitch was thrown out, emotions subsided briefly before Freeman did something that got the crowd right back into it.
Freddie Freeman Homers In 1st AB Against Braves
Freeman was emotional prior to the start of the game, and in the most fitting script, he would homer in his first career at-bat against Atlanta.
— MLB (@MLB) April 19, 2022
The drive was Freeman’s first home run since joining the Dodgers, and I’m sure it felt good to start this nerve-racking matchup with a trip around the bases.
After the home run, fans and media took to social media to talk about the at-bat.
Freddie Freeman with a home run against the Braves😢
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) April 19, 2022
Freddie Freeman 1st AB vs. Braves: 1st HR as a Dodger
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) April 19, 2022
Freddie Freeman goes yard, opposite field, in his first at bat against the Braves. Watching with 11 year old, “Of course,” he says.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 19, 2022
Freeman spoke further on the blast after the game was over, saying it was the perfect end to a “special day.”
Freddie Freeman’s first home run for the @Dodgers came in his first at-bat against the @Braves. What a moment last night. Here’s my postgame conversation with Freddie after an emotional day. @MLBNetwork @MLB pic.twitter.com/3lfV4qyVhR
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 19, 2022
It was definitely the storybook start to this series. Not sure that Freeman can follow this performance up over the next two games.