Parting is such sweet sorrow, the no-hit, good-write, William Shakespeare used to say while hanging around the batting cage.

It's the returning part that players are uncertain about.

We remember ...

-- Andre Dawson, making his first visit to Olympic Stadium after 11 years in a Montreal Expos uniform and being booed every at-bat. Dawson went 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs for the Chicago Cubs. He homered in his final at-bat of the series finale and was given a standing ovation.

-- Larry Walker, an Expos stalwart for six years, returned to louder boos in April of 1997 with the Colorado Rockies. Walker went 4-for-5, with three homers and told manager Don Baylor to let John Vander Wal have his at-bat in the eighth.

-- Lefty David Wells returned to the Skydome after complaining that fans threw garbage on him as he walked the streets of Toronto. Wells was booed in the bullpen, gave up a pair and then argued a safe call with two out covering first as Raul Mondesi scored from second.

And Vernon Wells?

Should he have been cheered and applauded Friday?

Yes.

Devon White and Wells were the best Jays centre fielders we've seen. Wells had more at-bats than any Jay, was second in hits (behind Tony Fernandez) and second in RBIs (behind Carlos Delgado).

Were we 100% sure the ovation would unfold as such? No way.