“He Misses Atlanta…”: Fans Mock $162M Dodgers Star as Ronald Acuna Jr. Heats Up MVP Race With Improbable Record

Published 09/01/2023, 11:34 AM EDT

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It’s been a great MLB season regarding the underrated teams and new players taking up the center space. One such name is Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves. The 25-year-old has shined extraordinarily this season and has registered many new records to his name. Because of this, he has captured the prime spot in the league rankings and is the projected NL MVP of the season. Due to this, everyone has an eye on him, including players. It was visible when 2020 MVP Freddie Freeman watched Acuna adding another record to his name.

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Acuna homered it past the Los Angeles Dodgers’s defense by becoming the first player to hit 30 Home runs and 60 stolen bases in MLB history. Notably, he did it in front of Freeman, who played with the Braves years ago. As he watched helplessly, Acuna shining at the plate, it allowed fans to react to Freeman’s dilemma.


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It was an important day for the Braves outfielder. Acuna married in a private ceremony to his long-time girlfriend Maria Laborde. Having dated for more than three years, Ronald Acuna Jr. chose the last day of August 31 to take a step further in his life. To make it more special, he played a brilliant knock as well.


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Bally Sports South shared a video from the game. It read, “The 2020 NL MVP watching the 2023 NL MVP frontrunner make his grand statement.” It came after Acuna hit a grand slam to put his team in a winning state. He finished the game with an average of 0.750, four RBIs, and an OPS of 2.300.

The contribution became crucial as the game ended on a tight note. It happened because of second on the NL MVP projections, Mookie Betts contribution. The 30-year-old scored two home runs and four RBIs at an OPS of 2.600. But his effort fell short and Acuna claimed the win, heating the MVP race. 

However, amidst all this, the highlight of the game became Freeman’s reaction. He looked perplexed when his former team took the lead. Talkin Yank’s captured the emotions. They captioned it as “THIS is camerawork”

It indicated Freeman, who had no emotions on his face. But it was enough for the fans to react as they joined in with their thoughts of him missing his old team.

Fans take a dig at Freddie Freeman for pitching nostalgia against his former team

There are heavy emotions involved when a player plays against the former team. But it also makes you emotionless. The same happened with Freddie Freeman, who played for the Braves two years back and now playing for the Dodgers on a $162 Million deal.

But could not perform this time out, which left him perplexed. Fans noting the same brought his past into the picture in the following takes.

More fans suggested that he is missing the Braves badly.

It was a revisit for Freddie Freeman but in a different jersey. Given that Atlanta is doing great, it gave fans a reason to troll the former NL MVP. What are your thoughts on this? And what do you think about the NL MVP race? Do share your responses in the comments.

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Written by:

Saurabh Saini


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Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
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