Los Angeles Dodgers fans have properly embraced big-ticket free agent addition Freddie Freeman — and why wouldn’t they? With the offense humming and readily producing exciting “big innings,” Freeman has been instrumental in keeping the line moving and ushering in an era of good feelings.
Unfortunately, 50 years into MLB free agency, fans who’ve lost key franchise cornerstones still haven’t exactly figured out how to cope with their departure.
When a team signs someone else’s superstar, it’s an exciting splash. When a team loses one, it’s an affront to polite society.
Braves fans, in particular, seem puzzled by how the Freddie Freeman chase turned out. As their beloved team floated him disingenuous offer after disingenuous offer, punctuated by prolonged silence at the end of the “chase,” Freeman sought refuge elsewhere, eventually getting a pretty good consolation prize by landing with an All-Star team near his hometown out west.
The Braves? Well, they immediately traded for Matt Olson and extended him for more money than they ever offered Freeman. Clearly, a line was drawn in the sand and Atlanta got what they preferred … a message Freeman’s wife Chelsea was eager to deliver to some Instagram commenters who still didn’t seem to get why her husband was gone.
Freddie Freeman’s wife Chelsea explains to Braves fans why he left for Dodgers
The Braves weren’t just willing to replace Freeman after he departed for the Dodgers. They were eager to do so. Why does the region still have their blinders on?
Loyalty is a two-way street, and as Chelsea Freeman so kindly laid out in this IG clap back, the Freemans entered the offseason riding the high of a World Series win with the entire 26-man roster chanting for a long-term deal at the tail end of the parade. They had every intention of returning, but the Braves front office didn’t approach the terms they were seeking.
Hence, an emotional move to the Dodgers, giving Freeman’s family the chance to watch him play far more often.
To make matters worse for the ATLiens, Freeman’s Dodgers will welcome the Braves for a series this week, and they’ll be doing so at their absolute hottest, coming off six consecutive explosive victories.
Clayton Kershaw’s follow-up start to his near-perfect game will begin this series, lending an additional narrative to an early 2021 NLCS rematch.
Hopefully, in the wake of this three-game set, Braves fans will begin to realize that it was their side that said no to Freeman, and not the other way around. A Matt Olson slump timed with some heat off Freeman’s bat might make the comment section one level more agitated, though.