First baseman Freddie Freeman enjoyed an impressive home debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers as it was a perfect night for him, his family, team and fans. The Dodgers were all tied with the Cincinnati Reds at 3-3 when Freeman's leadoff double ignited the six-run inning that propeled the Dodgers to a 9-3 victory.
"I got goosebumps in the dugout," Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger said on late Thursday night, per ESPN. "I really did." As the Los Angeles crowd chanted Freeman's name, he raised his left hand to the sky, grabbed the top of his helmet with his right hand and patted his chest as a way of showing his appreciation for Dodgers fans and their support.
"That's as special as it gets right there," Freeman reflected. "You have those feelings before, coming out on the line for the intros, but usually once the game starts those feelings go away. For the fans to be able to create a moment for me in the eighth inning is something I'll never forget."
Freeman's family was in attendance
Freeman, who played for the Atlanta Braves for over a decade, changed teams for the first time in his career this offseason.
"This is what it's all about for me -- family," Freeman said. "And for them to be able to share that moment with me tonight was a special thing." The Freeman family couldn't be happier in Los Angeles as everything has been going great so far.
"It's definitely been nice," Freeman said. "The last month has been pretty special, from the first game at [the team's spring training complex] to tonight, they've been welcoming me with open arms. "First game at Dodger Stadium with the Dodgers, I don't think it could've gone much better than that."
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