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Dodgers News: Clayton Kershaw Hopes LA Isn’t ‘Second Fiddle’ for Freddie Freeman

In case you hand’t heard, this weekend was Freddie Freeman’s first trip to Atlanta since signing with the Dodgers this past winter. The event has been well-documented, including a pair of national broadcasts and an emotional press conference for Freddie prior to first pitch on Friday.

Before his first at-bat on Friday, Freeman received a lengthy standing ovation from over 42,000 fans at Truist Park. The first baseman even admitted that he couldn’t feel his legs for the first three innings due to nerves.

The Freddie fanfare has engulfed the Dodgers this weekend, and franchise pitcher Clayton Kershaw had an interesting comment about the reception Freeman received on Friday.

“It was very cool. He’s obviously been a big contributor for our team. And I hope we’re not second fiddle. It’s a pretty special team over here, too. I think whenever he gets comfortable over here, he’ll really enjoy it.”

Now, the quote was aired during the broadcast on Sunday without the full quote context, but it does suggest that Kershaw is a little weary of Freeman’s emotions regarding Atlanta. Kershaw isn’t one to talk to the media often and as the team’s elder statesman, his words do carry more weight than most.

Luckily for Kershaw and the Dodgers, this weekend will hopefully provide plenty of closure for Freeman and his family. 

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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