Since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Freddie Freeman, the All-Star first baseman, has swiftly become a beloved figure among fans. Once a formidable opponent during his tenure with the Atlanta Braves, Freeman now finds himself back home with LA.
“Before the game was over “Do the Freddie” from Freddie and the Dreamers provided a bouncy transition into the ninth inning and chants of “Fred-die, Fred-die, Fred-die,” rained down from the stands, with most fans clad in giveaway Freeman jerseys.”
“The song … I really don’t know what to make of it,” Freeman said. “But the dance, the crowd, the fans, everywhere we’ve been going on the road, we’ve been having fun as a group this year. I think the fans have noticed that we have been having a lot of fun and they’ve been taking to it. It was fun. It was just a good birthday.”
Tuesday marked Freeman’s birthday, and the Dodgers presented him with the ultimate gift: a resounding victory. Yet, the game was replete with moments to celebrate. Freeman shared his thoughts on playing on his special day and enjoying the festivities alongside Dodger enthusiasts. Notably, the All-Star contributed significantly to the team’s triumph, smashing a two-run homer during the third inning, paving the way for a lopsided win for LA. The reciprocated affection between Freeman and the fans is heartwarming. While parting ways with Atlanta after numerous years was challenging, Los Angeles has wholeheartedly embraced him as one of their own. Freeman has touched on this sentiment in the past, but the fans’ birthday celebration held a profound meaning for him. Throughout Tuesday’s game, the veteran player sported an ear-to-ear grin, as he couldn’t resist acknowledging the fans. The fact that the team was enjoying a commanding lead certainly added to the joy, making it an exceptional evening for Freeman.
“You’ve got a four-deck stadium, the only one in baseball, you have 50,000 people here every night, for them to go out of their way to make you feel good when you’re doing your job, it means a lot,” Freeman said. “I do appreciate it.”
Freddie Freeman and the Dodgers have melded seamlessly, and they still have ample time together under his contract. His primary objective is to deliver a World Series championship to the city of Los Angeles, and this season, the Dodgers appear to have a promising chance to do precisely that.