Freddie Freeman shed a few pregame tears as he recalled his days with Atlanta going into his first matchup against the Braves since signing with the Dodgers in March, but those didn’t last long.
After all, there’s no crying in baseball.
In his first strike against his former team, the Los Angeles first baseman took Braves starter Huascar Ynoa deep to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The longball marked Freeman’s first home run as a member of the Dodgers.
Freeman, who spent his first 12 seasons in Atlanta and won a World Series ring there last season, drove a 0-1 pitch down the left center wall and got the crowd at Dodger Stadium on their feet.
Before the game, Freeman got emotional while discussing the Dodgers’ trip to Atlanta in June in an interview with Bally Sports South’s Kelly Crull.
“I look forward to seeing them again and playing in front of them again because it’s one of my favorite places on earth,” Freeman told Crull before being swallowed.
“I love Braves Country and always will.”
https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/dodgers-freddie-freeman-homers-in-first-at-bat-vs-braves/ Freddie Freeman from Dodger’s homer in the first at-bat against Braves