Last year, on the day of the Dodgers’ first Spring training game, the Dodgers had made it official with 2021 World Series Champion, Freddie Freeman. On March 18th, 2022, the Dodgers inked a six-year, $162 million contract with Freeman just in time for the 2022 baseball season.
And from there, the rest was history. In his first season with Los Angeles, Freeman led the NL in runs, hits, doubles, and OBP. In 2022, his batting average was second in the league at .325, with 21 home runs and 100 RBI.
But in signing the deal with the Dodgers so late in the offseason, Freeman missed out on 2022 Fan Fest but this past weekend he was able to get his first real taste of Dodgers’ Fan Fest. Dodgers host, Kirsten Watson shared how from the very first minute, dozens of fans were already chanting his name. Here’s what he had to say:
“You know what Fan Fests are always great, but then when you come to one new team after playing the whole year and then they continue to show the love, it’s fun, it’s fun to get out here. These are the ones that come out supportive every single day. And it’s nice to be able to come back and you know, sign some autographs, talk to some folks and you know, just see them cause they support us so much….
Good thing Freddie’s got at least three more Dodgers’ Fan Fests to make up for last year. Along with getting to meet hundreds of people across the day, Freeman couldn’t help but share his excitement for the upcoming season.
When you do these events, that means, you know, it’s close. So, um, you know, I, I’m getting excited. A lot of guys are already in spring training already. I’m going in like 10 days to get there cause we got the WBC going. So it’s fun. You just know it’s coming closer and closer. Fan Fest means it’s right around the corner.”
The 2023 World Baseball Classic is set to take place starting at the beginning of March followed by a short period of Spring Training before Opening Day on March 30. This game will be the first time the Dodgers will play a season opener at home since 2020.
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