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Atlanta Braves First Baseman Freddie Freeman Will Represent Canada To Honor His Late Mother

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On paper, it looks like there’s no good reason for Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to represent Canada in the World Baseball Classic, which begins on March 6.  He was born and raised in California, and was drafted by the Braves out of high school in 2007.

However, his parents were born in Canada, which gives him dual citizenship. Because he’s eligible to play for our friends up north, he announced Wednesday on Twitter that he would in fact be doing so. But, the reason why will touch your heart.

According to Freeman, his mother passed away from melanoma when he was 10 years old, and playing for the country she was born in will be a great way to honor her.

Here’s his announcement.

 

Kim Constantinesco

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As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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