Dodgers fans have gladly welcomed Freddie Freeman into Los Angeles. From the moment that he stepped foot onto the field with fans there, the chants for him have not stopped. A chorus of ‘Freddie, Freddie, Freddie’ rains down from all over the stadium every time he steps into the box. And it seems like that’s not stopping anytime soon.
After a very long MLB lockout over the offseason, Freeman was the big free-agent splash for the Dodgers. He signed a 6-year deal worth $162 million that will keep him in Los Angeles through the 2027 season. So that means he and Mookie Betts are the two guys expected to be around for a very long time.
Freddie was asked about those constant chants prior to Monday’s game. The Dodgers first baseman joked that it felt like they wanted him to do something amazing every time he comes up. But so far, he has very much impressed the fans out in Los Angeles.
“I’m very surprised, I kind of like it. But they’re chanting every time that I got up to bat. I feel like I got to do something special every time. I was just slapping singles yesterday. But it’s actually been amazing, it really has. They’ve been welcoming with open arms here.”
Funny enough, Freddie crushed his first homerun with the Dodgers not long after making this joke. He took a 1-0 fastball into left-centerfield for a solo shot to give them the early lead over the Braves. It was the first of what we all hope will be many for Freddie in blue.
Through his first 10 games with the Dodgers, Freddie is hitting .325 with 5 runs driven in. He has also scored 8 runs of his own batting up near the top of the lineup. And while Mookie Betts hasn’t given him many opportunities to drive him in this year, Freddie is getting the job done.
Here’s to many more Freddie chants over the next 6 years.
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