Nelson Cruz spent eight seasons with the Texas Rangers, slashing .268/.327/.495 and belting 157 home runs. This offseason, Cruz turned down the Rangers qualifying offer and opted to hit the open market as a free agent, rolling the dice after being suspended for 50 games for PEDs.
You know the rest of the story, the Orioles signed Cruz to an incredibly team friendly, one-year, $8 million deal and he’s currently leading baseball in dingers. It’s the steal of the offseason.
On Tuesday, Cruz returned to Texas and was greeted by mostly cheers from the home crowd (according to the tweeting beat writers). This guy however, chose to remember Cruz in a different way.
why though pic.twitter.com/weIE5pw3xl
— Lana Berry (@Lana) June 4, 2014
That, of course, is Cruz’s defensive miscue in game six of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers in 2011. David Freese‘s two-run triple tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. He later hit a walkoff in the 11th.
Folks in Texas haven’t forgotten apparently. Though they seemed to have curiously blocked the eight homers Cruz hit that postseason from their memories.