Bryce Harper congratulates Freddie Freeman after Braves win World Series

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Nothing but respect: Harper shows Freeman love after Braves win World Series originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Though the Braves are a division rival of the Phillies and the team that prevented them from making the playoffs again this year, there are certain players you can't help but appreciate and congratulate. 

Players like Freddie Freeman.

The 12-year Brave followed his first MVP award in 2020 with his first World Series ring in 2021. He had a tremendous postseason, hitting .303 with three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI in 69 plate appearances. He homered twice in the World Series, including a solo shot in the Game 6 clincher Tuesday night.

Once it was official, Bryce Harper had a nice message for Freeman on Instagram.

"Congrats @freddiefreeman. Not many people deserve it more than this guy. Loves the game. Plays everyday. And most of all he’s a great dad! Love ya brotha!!"

The five-time All-Star first baseman is now a free agent for the first time in his career and the Phils would love for him to flee the NL East, but he is widely expected to return to Atlanta, the franchise that drafted him in 2007.

We discussed the full-circle feel of the Braves' championship on Wednesday's Phillies Talk podcast, recalling the way Freeman emphatically slammed his helmet on the ground in Atlanta after making the final out of the 2011 season against the Phillies. The Braves were eliminated from the postseason that night and Freeman would play in only five playoff games over the next six years. The Phillies, of course, have not been back to the playoffs since.

This Braves core now has significant postseason experience, which could matter over the next three to five seasons in the NL East. Would you believe that Max Fried, not even 28 yet, has pitched in as many career playoff games as Cole Hamels?

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