This wasn't the weekend that Xander Bogaerts had in mind with his former team in San Diego, as the Padres' shortstop went hitless in 11 at-bats over three games. That didn't stop him from relishing this reunion with the Boston Red Sox, however.
Speaking with Rob Bradford on Audacy's "BIB on the Go" podcast, Bogaerts said his reunion with the Red Sox went about as he'd expected.
Padres' shortstop Xander Bogaerts dishes on reunion with the Red Sox at Petco Park
"Yeah, the first day obviously was very busy. A lot of people I haven't seen in a while. It was nice seeing everyone. Obviously, people that have helped me through the good and the bad."- Xander Bogaerts
But while visiting with old teammates was heartwarming, the hitting struggles he endured during this series were not quite as fun.
"I was like 'man I can't buy a hit, I can't'... They definitely gave me a lot of pitches to hit, they missed a lot of balls down the middle and I did absolutely nothing with them... A lot of balls I was just missing the whole series."- Xander Bogaerts
Bogaerts also touched on what it felt like to wear the Padres uniform against his old team in a game, and whether there were any lingering feelings from his time in Boston. The veteran shortstop insisted he's completely turned the page on that chapter of his career.
"You know, you turn the page once spring starts. Then, you get to work with your teammates on a daily basis, so you get used to that."- Xander Bogaerts
Padres fans are certainly lucky to have Bogaerts in San Diego. He gets down to business and doesn't reflect too much on the past. And though Xander surely wanted to show off with his old squad in town, his humble nature allowed him to keep his perspective in check and his feelings even-keeled.
Ultimately, Bogaerts is a winner, just like this Padres team hopes to be this year and going forward.