After Atlanta's Game 1 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS last Thursday, Freeman called out the young Acuña for his lack of hustle, emphasizing that this wasn't his first offense.
Since these comments, Freeman's production at the plate and on the field has completely spiraled downwards. From Game 2 to the start of Game 5, the veteran leader hadn't recorded a single hit in 12 at bats, and made a crucial error in Game 5 that could have gotten the Braves out of the first inning before they let up a barrage of runs.
It's certainly one thing to call out a teammate, even the star player like Acuña, but to completely disappear at the plate afterwards is certainly not a good look.
Acuña's mistake was apparent and he certainly got an earful from fans and his skipper, but he's put his head down and worked hard since, whereas Freeman has effectively been a liability at the plate.
Hopefully, he learns from this mistake and realizes when to keep his mouth shut.