DENVER (AP) – Chicago outfielder Carlos Gonzalez made his first appearance at Coors Field in a different uniform on Monday. Gonzalez played 10 seasons with the Rockies, becoming a free agent after last season. He signed with the Cubs on June 1 after hitting .210 in 30 games with Cleveland.
His return to Colorado was bittersweet for the three-time All-Star and 2010 NL batting champ.
“Obviously, this is home for me,” he said before the game. “I got a lot of memories of this place. It is what it is. I’m now on the other side.”
Colorado honored him with a video before the game and the fans gave him a 30-second standing ovation when he came to the plate in the second inning. Rockies players joined in the ovation.
“Real recognizes real. He’s a heck of a player,” Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond said.
Gonzalez, who was 0 for 3 with a walk in the Rockies 6-5 win, made his Cubs debut against the Rockies in Chicago last week, two days after signing with the club.
“I was home waiting for a job and the next thing I know I’m playing couple of games in Triple-A and hours later playing against my ex-teammates,” he said. “It was great seeing them competing against each other.”
By MICHAEL KELLY Associated Press
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