“I didn’t see it as friction or clashes”

Breakups are hard. Just ask Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. Like most breakups, there are hypes, rumors, and feelings of betrayal that come to the surface after a loved one leaves.

Rumors behind Freeman’s breakup with the 2021 World Series champions Atlanta Braves involve a rift between the superstar first baseman, 2020 National League MVP and Freeman’s former ball club. The source of these rumours? None other than Atlanta Braves star outfielder – and new face of the franchise now that Freeman is gone – Ronald Acuña Jr.

Ronald Acuña Jr. says he won’t miss Freddie Freeman because of how he was treated as a rookie. you @JoezMcfLy) https://t.co/K6wGpJ3fBu

The roots of the Rift

Star outfielder Acuña accused Freeman of hazing and dividing young rookies and veterans of the Atlanta Braves. Acuña was quite candid, clearly stating that he would miss absolutely nothing from Freeman.

Atlanta Braves World Series Parade
Atlanta Braves World Series Parade

This paints Freeman in an unflattering light. Throughout his career, the superstar first baseman has received praise from all corners of Major League Baseball for his kindness, composure and professionalism. During the majority of his transition to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Freeman was portrayed as the sympathetic, victim of the rift with the Braves.

Despite tears from Braves general manager Alex Anthopolous and criticism from Chipper Jones, who called Freeman greedy and selfish, Freeman’s image remained intact.

For his part in these rumors, Freeman expressed his shock and disappointment while expressing his respect and adoration for the young superstar outfielder who will take over as leader of the Atlanta Braves.

I didn’t see it as friction or clashes or anything like that. I loved Ronald, I still love Ronald, I will miss Ronald

Freeman begins his next chapter in Los Angeles, hoping to elevate the Dodgers to a playoff comeback as they attempt to snatch the National League West crown from the San Francisco Giants and possibly the World Series crown to his former team, the Braves. It doesn’t matter who wronged whom, all will be forgotten if Freeman can deliver a championship to the Los Angeles Dodgers this year.

Edited by Jason Birkelbach

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