Former Red Sox OF explains fiery reaction to HR in return to Fenway Park

As the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, it marked a poignant return for former Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo, now playing for their archrivals. Verdugo expressed mixed emotions leading up to the matchup, anticipating a likely mixed reception from the fans who once cheered him on.

However, the night couldn’t have gone better for the 28-year-old. Verdugo made an immediate impact by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs, highlighted by a two-run homer off the very first pitch he faced in the first inning. As he circled the bases, he made sure to let both fans and former teammates know that he had returned with a bang.

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Reflecting on his emotional home-run trot after the game, Verdugo attributed his reaction to pure adrenaline. “Just fired up,” he described. “I wasn’t really expecting to swing first pitch and to put it out of the ballpark and give us an early 2-0 lead was big.” He acknowledged the significance of the moment, especially against his former team, and the relief he felt to deliver such a pivotal performance in a crucial series.

Verdugo’s impact extended beyond his personal milestone, contributing significantly to the Yankees’ commanding 8-1 victory. For him, the game wasn’t just about personal redemption but also about asserting his new role with the Yankees and making a statement against his former club.

Looking ahead to the next game against the Red Sox, Verdugo is eager to maintain his momentum and continue proving his worth to his new team. His performance in his return to Fenway Park served as a testament to his resilience and determination to succeed in the face of heightened emotions and expectations.