CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from April 6, 2021.
As has been the case many years before, Carlos Santana was on the field for the Cleveland Indians' home opener on Monday.
Only this time, he was playing for the opposing team.
After signing a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals this past offseason, Santana returned to the stadium he called home for 10 of the first 11 years of his MLB career as his new team faced his old team. Upon arriving at the plate for his first at-bat during Monday's matchup, Santana received a warm welcome from the more than 8,000 fans in attendance at the first game at Progressive Field during the 2021 MLB season.
While the 2018 All-Star went 0-for-4 in his Progressive Field homecoming, he didn't make a key defensive play in the bottom of the ninth inning to help seal what was a 3-0 Royals victory. Meanwhile, as has largely been the case through the first four games of the season, Cleveland's offense failed to find its footing on Monday, notching just three hits in the game.
After an off-day on Tuesday, the Indians and Royals will return to action for the second game in their two-game series on Wednesday.
More Cleveland Indians coverage
On the latest episode of the Locked On Indians podcast, Jeff Ellis discusses:
- The Indians' 2021 home opener and starting pitcher Logan Allen's performance.
- The recent injury to MLB Draft prospect Jaden Hill of LSU, and why this could make him a target for the Indians.
- Answer questions from the listener mailbag.