Freddie Freeman’s eighth inning home run off the Brewers’ Josh Hader only advanced the Braves to the National League Championship Series.
While Freeman’s blast doesn’t have the majesty of a National League championship or World Series win, it’ll live on in the memory of Braves fans.
Freeman’s joy at the home run reflected that of the Truist Park crowd. After subduing the Brewers in the first round of the National League playoffs, the Braves will play either the Dodgers or Giants for the league championship and a World Series berth.
In his post-game interview, the Braves’ gregarious slugger praised General Manager Alex Anthopoulos for his midseason deals that raised the team from mediocrity to excellence. Fans hope Freeman’s cordiality toward Anthopoulos results in a new contract for Freeman, soon to become a free agent.
New Braves hero Joc Pederson made his first postseason start in right field in the come-from behind victory over the Brewers, after leadoff man Jorge Soler received a positive covid test.
Pederson, who won game three of the series with a pinch-hit three run home run, showed his presence by driving in a run with a ground ball and making a running catch, his pearl necklace flying.
The Braves might not go on to win the World Series, but they play the game with a special joy.