The Braves first baseman motioned to the stadium press box area several times with his arms raised wanting to hear Kimbrel’s theme music to pump up the crowd. He shook his head in obvious dismay.
Following the game, Freeman expressed the reason for his concern.
“My issue is when, I don’t mind using the uniform, I love the throw-back uniform, but when the atmosphere is taken out of the game,” Freeman said. “Fans are coming here to have an experience and there is nothing on the Jumbotron, no music is playing. I’m looking in the stands and people’s heads are down. It kind of takes the energy out of the stadium, especially when the best closer in the game comes in and there are not flames (on the scoreboard), nothing like that. It’s kind of a weird experience, a weird game. Luckily we were able to come out on top, though.”