The third of June was the day that was probably circled on the calendar of Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz. This was the day that he finally returned to his former team, the Texas Rangers, to play for his new team. Many wondered if the Rangers fans would give him a warm welcome back or if they would boo him.
That question was answered in the first inning, as Cruz was batting third in the lineup. When he walked up to the plate for his first appearance of the night, the fans all applauded. After the game, Cruz told reporters that it felt good that everyone was happy to see him.
They probably weren’t happy to see that he has not changed at all. Cruz drove in his league leading 21st home run in the top of the 8th inning to put the Orioles out of reach. His 3-run homer was part of a six run inning that led to the Orioles’ eventual 8-3 victory in the series opener against the Rangers. Even though Cruz went 1-4 at the plate, his three run bomb made the game quite the homecoming for Cruz.
Let’s hope that his run production continues. The birds will need two more high scoring performances if they want to keep beating the Rangers in Texas.