There were far more Royals fans than Padres fans inside the stadium at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, a few of them wearing jerseys with “35” and “HOSMER” on the back. Eric Hosmer now wears No. 30 for the Padres, forced to change because No. 35 is retired in San Diego in honor of Randy Jones. He switched to 30 to honor his deceased former Royals teammates Yordano Ventura. This was Hosmer’s first time facing the team that drafted him in 2008 and with which he won the 2015 World Series. “I’m not used to seeing that Royal blue on the other side,” Hosmer said after going 1-for-4 with a double. “It was weird. It really was.” Royals fans gave Hosmer as big an ovation in pregame introductions as they gave any of their team’s current starters and cheered each time he batted. Hosmer hugged catcher Salvador Perez at the plate before grounding out to lead off the second inning, and he and starting pitcher Danny Duffy appeared to be smirking throughout that at-bat.
Padres' Hosmer: 'It was weird' playing against Royals
San Diego Union-Tribune | Mar 3