Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was not happy when the team decided to skip closer Craig Kimbrel's usual entrance music in favor of organ music as part of the team's 100th anniversary celebration.
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Kimbrel generally takes the field to the Guns 'n' Roses classic "Welcome to the Jungle," and Freeman felt like it took fans out of the game and risked an important victory for the team to break with the ritual, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore.
“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)."
Even without help from Axl, Slash & Co., the Braves were able to pull out the win.