Freeman’s position has not wavered. Since the start of the season, he has underlined in every interview a strong hope that he will remain a Brave. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has said on several occasions last winter that the team are keen to extend Freeman.
Anthopoulos’ last public comment on the matter came in early April, when during an interview on the Bally Sports South show, Anthopoulos said: “The best thing I can say is that we want here, he wants to be here and, at the end of the day, it’s up to us to make sure we can make it.
Freeman did indeed put the ball in their court, as the saying goes. While fans have shown collective anxiety over Freeman’s potential departure for a team in his home state of California or departing for a major contract with another competitor in the market, Freeman’s words have always indicated. that it was not his preference.
Freddie Freeman as the Braves rookie in 2010.
Credit: Curtis Compton
Credit: Curtis Compton
He wants to stay with the Braves, a franchise he is proud to represent at the All-Star Game, and join a rare modern company by spending his career with one team.
“It means a lot (to represent Atlanta at the All-Star Game),” Freeman said. “When you put on a jersey, especially the (Monday) jersey with Hank Aaron’s (number) jersey, for me to wear the same uniform as Hank Aaron and put on a uniform with so much history. People care about the name on the front and so do I. I care about that (on the front) a lot more than the back. So to don a Braves jersey every day, you never take it for granted. Never take it for granted.
“There have been so many great players to put on a Braves jersey. It is absolutely unbelievable. When you have an organization that’s been around for 150 years, it’s pretty amazing. I love it. I was lucky enough to wear it for 12 years in the major leagues and three more in the minor leagues, even though one of them was a Pelicans (Myrtle Beach) jersey. The other couple also wore Braves jerseys. It was special. Every second that I put on this jersey means a lot to me, so I really hope I can keep doing that in the future. “
In a situation full of unknowns, Freeman made it clear one part of the conversation: he wants to sign again. Definitely, in a year where few things made Braves fans smile, it would appeal to a lot of people – Freeman included.