The Minnesota Twins were hoping the return of Byron Buxton could add a spark to their season.
They were trailing 2-1 in the ALDS and needed a win to force a decisive Game 5.
Buxton was returning from injury and it was the first game he played all postseason.
As a fan favorite, the Twins fans gave him an awesome ovation when he stepped up to the plate.
According to Do-Hyoung Park, Buxton was moved by the crowd’s ovation.
He said: “That means the world. For me, it was all about trying to keep that moment and cherish that moment.”
Byron Buxton was clearly moved by the crowd's ovation for his return. He was limited and not available to play the field. But it clearly meant a lot to him to be there.
"That means the world. For me, it was all about just trying to keep that moment and cherish that moment."
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) October 12, 2023
Buxton has battled numerous injuries during his career which have not allowed him to reach his full potential.
This plate appearance meant so much to Buxton because of everything he has battled through this year.
The 29-year-old has played with the Twins since 2015.
He has only one season with over 100 games played.
Injuries have derailed what many thought could be a Hall-of-Fame career.
He has all the talent in the world but cannot consistently stay on the field.
As he gets older it is fair to assume he will not be getting healthier.
But, it would be great to see Buxton play 150+ games in a season just one time.
Buxton is still under contract with the Twins until the 2028 season.
Minnesota hopes this season can be the start of something special with their organization.
Winning the AL Central is a step in the right direction, but they should be looking for more over the next few years.NEXT: Twins Insider Shares Carlos Correa Offseason Injury Update