Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman was born and raised in California; in Fountain Valley, to be specific.
He is, however, representing Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
So, why did he choose to represent Canada over the United States?
His reasons are very convincing.
Both of his parents are from Ontario, Canada.
His mother was from Peterborough, while his father is from Windsor.
He explained this in the video you will see below:
“I just hope she’s proud of me…I hope she’s smiling down.”
For Freddie, playing for Team Canada is more than the love of country. It’s about honoring the memory of his late mother. pic.twitter.com/rLG6VquMlh
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 14, 2023
Since both of his parents were born in Canada, Freeman holds Canadian citizenship in addition to American citizenship.
The reason why he chose Canada is heartfelt.
“I just hope she’s proud of me…I hope she’s smiling down,” he said.
He explained that his mother died when he was ten and he doesn’t even know what she would think about him playing for Canada.
He is convinced she would have loved to watch him give his all for the Canadian team, and we are, too.
More than out of love for the country itself, Freeman is doing it to honor the memory of his late mother.
Despite losing 12-1 to the United States on Monday, Canada has a 2-1 record and is very much alive in the tournament.
They don’t have too many big leaguers, but in Freeman, they have a guy with 292 career home runs, a .895 OPS, and an MVP award in his trophy cabinet.NEXT: 2 Dodgers Teammates Shared A Special Moment Sunday Night