As we have said many times, the Los Angeles Dodgers are a powerhouse and perhaps the early favorites to win the 2022 World Series.
During the offseason, in addition, the rich got even richer when Los Angeles signed Freddie Freeman to a huge six-year deal.
Freeman, the National League MVP in 2020, hit .300 with 31 homers, 120 runs scored, and 83 RBI last season before belting five additional round-trippers in the playoffs, taking the Atlanta Braves to their first World series title since 1995.
The Dodgers played on the road to open the season until Thursday, when Dodger Stadium finally got to meet and greet their next star.
“Freddie Freeman showered with ‘Freddie! Freddie!’ chants in his Dodger Stadium debut. He’s home,” Blake Harris tweeted on Thursday.
Freddie Freeman showered with "Freddie! Freddie!" chants in his Dodger Stadium debut
He's home pic.twitter.com/XEKNnSLlmE
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) April 15, 2022
A Very Cool Moment For Freeman
The Dodgers ended up winning Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, so Freeman will have a positive, lasting first impression of his new team.
Despite rooting for the Angels growing up, Freeman grew up in California and considers Los Angeles home.
Last night, he seemed pretty touched when the crowd chanted his name, and was clearly grateful for the gesture.
As the Dodgers’ second hitter, he went 2-for-5 with a double and a couple of runs scored.
Last year, he showed he still has enough gas left in the tank to make an impact on a contender, even at 32.
He may not reach the final year of his deal as the offensive machine he is today, but the Dodgers are betting he gives them at least four or five seasons of elite production.
He is certainly off to a good start, and Dodgers fans already love him.
By all accounts, he will grow to love them back in no time.