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Freddie Freeman's son hugging Dansby Swanson is cuteness overload

Joshua Rogers April 19, 2022
Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers
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As the Dodgers first baseman faced his old team for the first time, one particular cute moment had social media welling up: Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie and Dansby Swanson sharing a huge bear hug.

It was an emotional night on Monday at Dodger Stadium as Freddie Freeman had his first matchup against the Braves since moving to LA in March.

Freeman spent 12 seasons with the Braves, earning five All-Star appearances, an MVP trophy in 2020, and a World Series ring last season. This offseason, he signed a six-year, $162million deal with the Dodgers.

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Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie hugs Dansby Swanson in viral moment

Before the game, Freeman was on the field alongside his wife and three children to receive the Silver Slugger Award he won last season.

It was here when Freddie Freeman’s son Charlie was spotted running over to hug his dad’s former teammate, shortstop Dansby Swanson. What followed is probably the cutest moment you’re likely to see in sports, as Swanson held out his arms and picked up the youngster for a big bear hug:

People couldn’t get enough of the cuteness overload

After the touching moment circulated on social media, numerous fans commented that they couldn’t handle the cuteness and were in tears.

Freeman speaks on ’emotion’ after the game

Even before the game Freeman was getting choked up about playing the Braves. “I’m looking forward to seeing them again and playing in front of them again because that’s one of my favorite places on earth. I love Braves country and always will.”

In his first at-bat against his former team, the Los Angeles first baseman hit a home run over the fence at left-center, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the team’s 7-4 win.

“There’s no storyline or anything like that, there’s no poetic justice or anything like that,” Freeman said (via “I love the Atlanta Braves. I will always love the Atlanta Braves. I’m just happy I was able to help the Dodgers win a game tonight.”

“Obviously there’s just a lot of emotion going on right now. But a lot of good emotion,” the Dodgers star said after the game (per Yahoo! Sports).

“I’m just happy to be able to see all the guys. We won a championship together last year, so that’s what we’re all talking about over there.

“I love every single person on [the Braves’] side of that field – but I do hope they don’t do good for these next three games.”

He added: “As the game went on, there were a couple smiles here and there from staff members and people I spent a lot of time with.

“It’s just a special day, one I’ll always remember.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.