The Atlanta Braves are hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend in what will be a big three-game series. It will match up the last two World Series champions, will be a rematch of the last two National League Championship Series and will match up two of the best teams in the National League right now.

It will also mark the return of longtime Brave, Freddie Freeman, to Atlanta. And if Freeman’s pregame press conference is any indicator, the return will be emotional.

Freeman, who signed with the Dodgers in the offseason was overcome with emotions before his press conference even began.

Once Freeman finally began to speak to the assembled media, the emotions continued to come out.

MLB fans reacted emotionally to Freeman’s actions.

Before the Dodgers went to Atlanta, the San Francisco Giants were there to take on the Braves. That series marked the return of Joc Pederson, who was given a warm reception when he received his World Series ring and in his first at-bat of the series.

While Pederson was a postseason hero for the Braves, he was on the team for less than a full season, having been acquired in a July trade in 2021. Freeman, meanwhile, was on the Braves for more than a decade, made five All-Star Games for Atlanta, won the National League MVP in 2020 and is one of the greatest players in franchise history.

So, if the emotions were high in Pederson’s return and Freeman’s pregame press conference, we can only imagine what things will be like when Freeman hits the field for the first time.

[Gabe Burns, Kelly Crull]

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