Shortly thereafter, he signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, since then, there appears to be no love lost between Freeman and Braves fans.
The Dodgers made their annual visit to Truist Park over the weekend, marking Freeman’s return to Atlanta for the first time as a visiting player.
MLB tweeted a video of Freeman stepping into the batter’s box for the first time on Sunday night, fighting back tears as the fans in Atlanta gave him yet another standing ovation.
More love for Freddie. 🥺 pic.twitter.com/Mhvqjiev0z
— MLB (@MLB) June 26, 2022
No Love Lost
Freeman will always be loved in Atlanta.
He’s a guy who represented the community well and epitomized what the organization stood for.
So it’s no surprise to see the fans in Atlanta giving him a huge reception.
It’s nice to see it, actually.
It always hurts fans when their franchise player walks away via a trade or free agency.
But there clearly has been no love lost between Braves fans and Freeman.
To see Freeman so emotional was very touching as well and shows that he still holds the Braves and their fans in high regard.
After all, he won an MVP with them and helped lead them to accomplish something they hadn’t accomplished since 1995, winning a World Series title.
Freeman was exactly the kind of player that Atlanta needed for those 12 seasons.
He was a leader who always grinded it out and left it all on the field.
And for that, Braves fans will be forever grateful that they got to watch this man for as long as they did.