It took a few seconds for Freddie Freeman's first baseman to start his return tour to Atlanta.
Freeman bowed his head around the room before his current team, the Dodgers, sat down at a press conference just before the Braves. He won the 2021 World Series.
With tears, the Dodgers infielder elaborated on his time with the Braves in a room full of reporters. About how much he sacrificed. About his wrist injury throughout his career. But the most important thing is what the World Series he has won means to him.
Freeman has been on Friday night for over 7 months. You will finally receive the ring. Home Atlanta's first World Series title in 20 years.
"For me, the World Series ring is more than just a ring," Freeman sobbed. ..
"If you're lucky and have enough blessings to stay, the whole idea changes. All you want to do is win. No kids think about the World Series, so they say" I just want to join the big league. "
In the Freeman "Big League," where he served the Braves for 12 years while playing, he created five All-Star teams in Atlanta. In 2020, he won the National League MVP. And just a year later, he reached the peak of baseball and won the championship of a team devoted to it for over a decade.
"We have experienced many ups and downs in 12 years and last year we reached the pinnacle of winning everything," Freeman said. "That ring isn't a ring to me."
Braves fans haven't lost a long way. Braves fans had a standing ovation before the match at Troisto Park.
Former Braves first baseman fought to be with the Braves, but couldn't sign a deal this past offseason. Atlanta eventually chose to play Matt Olson first. This effectively ended the time with Freeman's Braves.
He finally signed with his home team, the Dodgers.
In Los Angeles, Freeman is the very effective batter he normally uses, with a batting average of .303 so far this season. But no matter where he plays, Freeman always has Atlanta close to his heart.
"It's difficult to express in words," Freeman said. "I'm happy to be back."