Atlanta Braves fans are down bad. We get it. The Los Angeles Dodgers stormed into town and were one out away from losing the series, then battled back against former closer Kenley Jansen to tie the game in the ninth by scoring two runs and eventually winning in extras.
LA ran into one of the hottest teams in MLB while they were having offensive problems of their own and managed to come out winners to get their mini NLCS revenge.
The main storyline of the weekend, however, was Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta for the first time since leaving for the Dodgers in free agency. Shortly after the series, Freeman took home NL Player of the Week honors after he dominated the Reds and Braves.
In between all of that was the first baseman’s emotional reaction to everything Braves-related, especially on that Friday. As a result, by Sunday, you could imagine the man was exhausted with the final contest of the three-game set heading to extras.
Leave it to Braves fans to make something out of nothing though, claiming Freeman is “unhappy” to be a Dodger because he looked disengaged for a single snapshot while on the bench.
Yup, those same fans who trash-talked their franchise icon out of town when he signed with LA because their organization refused to show him the respect he deserved.
Braves fans are reaching in an attempt to create Dodgers-Freddie Freeman drama
Also … tell us who looks thrilled here? Max Muncy, Justin Turner and David Price look like they can’t wait to get home. It’s almost midnight on a Sunday in the middle of a lengthy road trip.
If anything, Freeman’s comments after the series suggest he probably wasn’t too thrilled to be in Atlanta and dealing with the expected hoopla. Proof in the quotes is greater than the “proof” in the random snapshot that provides absolutely zero context.
Nice try, though, Atlanta! Next time maybe just pay the extra few million for the best first baseman in the league. Seems like a better plan than running a disingenuous smear campaign.
There’s no doubt Freeman misses the Braves, a team he spent the first 15 years of his MLB career with. However, to claim he’s not happy to be a Dodger is the stretch of all stretches. He’s arguably the team’s best player and returned to his native southern California to join the perennial NL favorites.
All Dodgers fans are saying here is they’ll need more proof of Freeman’s “displeasure” than a nonsensical photo taken at the worst possible time going viral on Twitter.