There wasn’t a lot to celebrate from the Dodgers’ 16-8 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday. However, there was one very big moment that may have upstaged the team’s disappointing series-opening loss.
In the sixth inning of a 9-3 game with two outs, Freddie Freeman made some history. He crushed an 0-1 pitch to center field, hitting the 300th home run of his storied career on a grand slam. He became just the second player in MLB history to hit a grand slam for their 300th career home run.
Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis said it best on the SNLA broadcast:
“Freddie Freeman joins the 300 home run club in grand style!”
Freeman is the 155th player in MLB history to hit at least 300 home runs in his career — and he has a lot of time to continue rising up those ranks.
After the game, the man of the house was asked about the special moment.
“It was nice,” Freeman said. “I think I hit the wall three times since I’ve had 299. You wish you’d do these things in wins, but it’s still pretty cool. I don’t really like reminiscing on anything because we’ve got a game tomorrow and it doesn’t really matter. But 300 home runs is quite a bit of home runs. I’ll call my dad tonight and we’ll talk about it and just enjoy it for the night, and then tomorrow, we’ll worry about tomorrow’s game. But tonight was kind of cool.”
Freeman said that Dave Roberts, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts and Jason Heyward spoke after the game in a little champagne toast in the clubhouse, similar to the one Kershaw got after getting his 200th career win. Freeman was so appreciative of all the support from his teammates and coaches.
“I think it’s kind of cool when teammates celebrate achievements of other teammates,” Freeman said. “We did that and I did that with (Clayton) on his 200 wins. So, it’s kind of a cool thing to hear teammates appreciate what you’ve done in this game.”
If Freeman had waited four more days, he could have hit his 300th career home run back in Atlanta against the team he spent the first 12 years of his career with. But I think he’s very happy to finally get this out of the way, and will make sure to continue rising up the home run leaderboard back in Atlanta.
Congrats to Freddie on this incredible accomplishment. Dodger fans are very lucky to get to watch him play every day.
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