Saturday night’s game has resulted in a loss of words for Dodgers fans, players, and coaches except, Freddie Freeman, who had a few thoughts to share after the loss.
Freeman, who joined the team right after the lockout, shared the same end goal as his new teammates: to win a World Series.
The six-time All-Star, who led the league in doubles and hits, was dominant all season long. He accumulated a .326 AVG over the regular season and went 5-for-14 in the NLDS including 1 home run and 3 RBIs. He went 3-for-4 in Game 4.
The starting lineup trio of Freeman, Mookie Betts, and Trea Turner backed up by an incredible pitching staff put together a historic 111-win season…which later amounted to a fruitless postseason.
“I mean, when you don’t win in the World Series, it doesn’t matter if you win 80 games or 120 games. It’s just disappointment. It’s just October baseball. Like we’ve been saying, it’s hard and it can be brutal.”
The last postseason was not so brutal as Freeman won a World Series with his former team, the Atlanta Braves. However, parting from them and finally moving on was the hard and brutal part. It took Freeman months to accept his new team.
Then, the 2022 Dodgers team seemed to break every record in the book and all those feelings slowly slipped away. But when Dodgers struggled to create action at the plate in games that mattered the most, the possibility of winning back-to-back titles quickly slipped away.
He shared his thoughts after the game with OC Register’s Jim Alexander:
“We didn’t accomplish our goal. You know, there’s not really much more you can really say. You grind all year starting, all these guys in February and me in March (when he signed with the Dodgers after the lockout). This team, we had one goal in mind and it didn’t happen. So, just a lot of disappointment.”
“All the sacrifices you make during the course of the season, leaving your family and doing all that, and you have one goal in mind. You get to that chance, to be able to reach that goal, and you come up short. It’s a disappointment. I don’t know what another word is. It’s just disappointing. We had a really good team. We just didn’t get it done.”
It’s true. There are plenty of questions about players like Trea Turner, Tyler Anderson, and Clayton Kershaw and where they will play next year. This might have been the best team the Dodgers could have ever put together, which is what it seemed like from how the regular season went.
It’s just a shame they couldn’t finish the job.