Freeman defected to LA this offseason after the Braves apparently wouldn’t bend on his very reasonable contract demands (six years and a few more million) after he delivered the city an NL MVP award and a World Series in back-to-back campaigns after signing a team-friendly contract eight years prior.
But the seemingly difficult situation came to a head when the Braves stopped communicating with Freeman, traded for Oakland A’s first baseman Matt Olson, and then proceeded to give him an eight-year, $168 million contract, which was more than what Freeman wanted.
Weird stuff. All in all, it’s safe to say the fans weren’t happy about it, because it was on the organization to keep its best homegrown player since Chipper Jones happy and well taken care of. They didn’t, and now he’s charging ahead to grab another championship elsewhere.
Don’t forget about Freddie’s wife, Chelsea, though! She was also an icon during the couple’s long stay in Atlanta, and now that she’s about to be back, she wanted to let everyone know how much she’s missed the city.
Hopefully the salty Braves fans out their learned their lesson from earlier this offseason. Freddie and Chelsea come in peace, and the past is the past. They still love Atlanta and likely wish things were perhaps different.
Freddie Freeman’s wife, Chelsea, shows love for Atlanta ahead of Dodgers-Braves series
These are two people (and their son, Charlie!) who were embedded in the city’s culture for the Freddie’s 12 years with the Braves. The business side of baseball shouldn’t erase all the good times over that long period.
Chelsea’s message to the city two days before the Dodgers even arrived in town further proves how much Atlanta meant to her and her husband.
The Braves are enjoying success this year despite dealing with tough injuries and free agency departures while Freeman, despite a decline in the power department, is still among the best hitters in the sport and has the Dodgers atop the NL West.
Everyone’s in a good place. Let’s keep it that way when he sets foot back on Truist Park soil. And when the cameras cut to Chelsea, give her the applause she deserves, too.