Eric Hosmer: I have a ‘special relationship’ with KC Royals fans

Eric Hosmer of the Boston Red Sox acknowledges the crowd before hitting during the first half of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Kansas City, Kansas City. Team Championship.  (Associated Press/Charlie Riddell)

Eric Hosmer of the Boston Red Sox acknowledges the crowd before hitting during the first half of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, August 4, 2022, in Kansas City, Kansas City. Team Championship. (Associated Press/Charlie Riddell)

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Turn Back The Clock Night for Thursday’s match wasn’t made by the Royals-Red Sox, but there was a feel for the bounce.

Eric Hosmer is back at Kauffman Stadium with his new team, Boston, and it brings back memories of players, executives and fans. It was Hosmer’s first return to Kansas City since he left as a free agent after the 2017 season.

But while flying into the city he called home once, Hosmer said it was as if he was inside Mr. Sherman’s Wayback MachineNot a plane.

“I felt like I was traveling in a time machine about 10 years ago,” Hosmer said. “Just landing in town, seeing some already familiar faces after we landed at the airport and getting to the hotel and all that.”

When he arrived on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, he was one of the first people to see his former Royals teammate, Salvador Perez.

The two talked about Wild Card Game of 2014, which Perez won with an RBI song after helping Hosmer extend the competition with a three-clutch in the twelfth inning. They also remember winning the 2015 World Championships.

“You guys know our relationship with him. He’s my brother,” said Perez, laughing.

“We grew up together here. We played together in the minor leagues. We played together in the major leagues. We were called up in the same year (2011). We won together, we lost together. His return to Kansas City is special.”

Dayton Moore, the royal family’s head of baseball operations, was also in the mood. Moore explored and drafted Hosmer, who was the third overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.

Moore vividly remembered the first time he saw Hosmer in high school, and how he developed into a star player in Kansas City who played 12 years in the major leagues.

“Obviously everyone is going to remember the crazy dash home, and they should,” Moore said of Hosmer’s equalized race in Game Five of the 2015 World Championships. “Eric Hosmer is a brave player, a player who enjoys his time on the field. He is fearless with the way he plays. He loves his teammates and loves the fans. He embraces everything about the game.”

Hosmer finished sixth in the Red Sox lineup, which he captured on Tuesday in a deal with the San Diego Padres. He returned to his familiar position as a first base for the match against the royal family. And he was looking forward to stepping up to the plate in Kansas for the first time since walking off the field at Kauffman Stadium on October 1, 2017.

“It’s going to be special to me. ‘I know speaking on a personal note, I’ve had a lot of relationships on and off the field here with the community, people all over Kansas City, and it’s all over the place here in Missouri,'” Hosmer said. “My family has really gotten close to the people they still keep in touch with.

“And in the end we won the world championships here together. I think that is the most special connection you can have with a fan base.”

Apparently these royal family supporters were happy to see Hosmer, who hugged Perez as he is Warm welcome In the first half.

The royal family also put together Great greeting video To Hosmer, it was shown before the first pitch.

This story was originally published August 4, 2022 6:05 p.m.

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