Freddie Freeman and Kenley Jansen were both fixtures in their previous teams’ uniforms.
Freeman had been the franchise guy for the Atlanta Braves for 12 seasons, while Jansen had closed the door on several rallies and saved many games during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Both of them were free agents after the 2021 season and strangely enough, they ended up signing with their counterpart’s former teams.
Freeman signed a six-year deal with the Dodgers while Jansen took a one-year contract with Atlanta.
On Monday night, prior to the Dodgers and Braves’ first meeting of the 2022 season, a photo was captured of the two stars hugging each other during batting practice.
Hey, look at us. Who would've thought? pic.twitter.com/J1Y0ZowWuw
— MLB (@MLB) April 19, 2022
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This has to be strange for Dodgers fans and Braves fans alike to see.
Both fanbases are so used to having the other guy around and now they are having to adjust to different times.
It’s funny how these things work, but in essence, Jansen and Freeman switched sides, just without a trade of any kind.
It’s rare that you see two players who were fixtures with certain teams then sign with the others’ old teams.
But Jansen and Freeman did just that and had to have been weird for both Braves fans and Dodgers fans to witness.
No, the photo is not doctored.
This is not a dream.
It really is Kenley Jansen in a Braves uniform and Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform.
Over time, the shock will wear off, but right now it’s as fresh as ever.
It’ll take some time to get used to seeing these guys in opposite uniforms.
Baseball is a crazy game and full of surprises.