Freddie Freeman’s return: How Braves supporters should behave

The Atlanta Braves’ game against Freddie Freeman and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night will be a particularly emotional one at Truist Park.

In Atlanta, Freeman was long seen as Chipper Jones’ obvious successor. Freeman began constructing his Hall of Fame case in front of Braves Country, but if he wants to be inducted into Cooperstown, he will now need to do so while sporting Dodger Blue. His split with the Braves was uncomfortable because he was one of the finest players of his generation. It may happen more on Friday night.

Whatever your thoughts on Freeman leaving Atlanta, this is how Braves Country ought to act when their former franchise cornerstone wins the 2021 World Series ring he unquestionably deserves.

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Most of the supporters there should show Freeman the respect he has earned over the past ten and a half years. He’ll likely be welcomed by Braves Country with a standing ovation. There is no need to jeer Freeman during his moment of fame, even if he might not receive the same level of unanimous acclaim as previous Braves Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson did when they received their rings.

Freeman’s World Series title ring will likely be given to him by manager Brian Snitker, shortstop Dansby Swanson, and others. It would be even better if general manager Alex Anthopoulos were to be on the field for the presentation. Atlanta does not need to immediately retire the No. 5 or host a cookout for him, but it should show the man some respect nonetheless.

The Braves have traditionally considered themselves to be an exclusive group of people. They have one of MLB’s strongest fan bases. It would be unfortunate if a few miscreants in the audience ruined this important occasion due to their own conceit. No, you don’t need to scream like you did when Freeman scored in Game 6 in Houston on television, but you should still be incredibly proud of what he accomplished for this club.

Feel free to heckle the Dodgers and kick L.A. in the ass after giving Freeman the respect he deserves.

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