Former Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman penned a heartfelt farewell to fans on Saturday, ending it with a mic drop.
Freeman’s exit felt uncomfortable at times. Since signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, there have been perceived shots fired both from Freeman and the Braves organization. Simply put, it’s uncalled for given the history there.
"“First of all, my relationship with (Braves president of baseball operations) Alex Anthopoulos remains great. When we spoke earlier this week, I told Alex how much I enjoyed my time in Atlanta, especially last year when we all experienced the thrill of winning a World Series. I also apologized for some of the comments I made during my introductory press conference with the Dodgers. It was a very emotional week for my family and I.Everyone should know my wife, Chelsea, and I will always have the utmost respect for the entire Braves organization and the city of Atlanta. My family and I loved every minute we had in Atlanta. We envisioned our future there, which is why it was such an emotional week for us.”"
Freeman embraced his time in Atlanta, and stated that he still considers it a second home of sorts. He’s now up for the challenge that lies ahead in a new city, one he’s familiar with.
Freddie Freeman issues challenge to Braves
Freeman is eloquent and straightforward in his letter to Braves fans, thanks to some help from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. He didn’t want to come across as salty or ungrateful to the organization which raised him, and he accomplished just that.
He also wanted to give Dodgers fans a preview of what’s to come — the undying tenacity and dedication to winning that comes with being a player of Freeman’s stature.
That’s why, even in this seemingly gushy farewell letter to Braves fans, he ended with one last challenge. While some would shy away from a rematch with their former team in the postseason, Freeman welcomes it.
“See you in June … and in October.”
That’s the competitive edge we all know and love.