Before facing the Braves for the first time, Freddie Freeman becomes emotional

It was an emotional journey for Freddie Freeman as he faced the Atlanta Braves for the first time since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Freddie Freeman, the first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, appeared to be emotionally conflicted as the team celebrated their 7-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Before he signed with the Dodgers in March, Freeman, a former first baseman for the Braves, spent his entire 12-year MLB career with the Braves. He was a big part of Atlanta’s first World Series win since 1995.

In a Bally Sports South interview, Freeman discussed the nostalgia of playing against the Braves.

With tears in his eyes, Freeman expressed gratitude for his time with the Braves and reflected on his wonderful memories of the team. According to Freeman, he was greeted warmly by his former teammates as well as Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who said, “Hi, world champion.”

Freeman continued, his voice cracking.

After battling the Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman holds back tears

When he made his debut against his previous team, Braves supporters were moved. When he got up to bat, his new admirers in the Dodgers’ crowd began chanting his name.

Freeman delivered a home run that lived up to the anticipation. This was a memorable moment for him because it was his first home run as a Dodger against his former team.

At Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Freeman’s home run hit sailed through left-center field.

Despite the fact that his home run had all the hallmarks of a big revenge game hit, Freeman denied any particular motive. The fact that it happened against the Braves appeared to be just coincidental.

“I know there’s storylines, and everyone wants to run and say this and that, but the only storyline today was I was just happy to see my friends again.” -Freddie Freeman, via ESPN

Both the 2020 and 2021 World Championship teams will remember Freeman’s first game against his previous squad, and it will certainly be one that Freeman remembers as he begins his new career with the Dodgers.