However, his biggest fan is his son: he just can’t be far from him!
During Nationals’ batting practice on Monday, reported Chelsea Janes described an adorable situation going on around the cage.
“Nelson Cruz’s toddler keeps crying whenever his dad goes in the cage for his turn to take BP and stopping immediately when his dad comes back to pick him up. They are now trying to appease him with a bat. It’s not working. But it is adorable,” she wrote, and somehow warmed up all of our hearts.
Nelson Cruz’s toddler keeps crying whenever his dad goes in the cage for his turn to take BP and stopping immediately when his dad comes back to pick him up. They are now trying to appease him with a bat. It’s not working. But it is adorable. pic.twitter.com/Pn2Jh0rUZH
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) March 21, 2022
Cruz Will Try To Keep Mashing
Cruz, meanwhile, is trying to prove he still has a lot of gas left in the tank even at 41 years old.
Last year didn’t represent his best season, but he managed to stay productive, with a .265/.334/.497 line and 32 home runs in 140 games between the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays.
He reportedly had several National League clubs after his services, clubs that wanted to take advantage of the newly implemented universal designated hitter rule.
He ended up going to Washington, where he will play plenty but probably won’t contend, at least not in 2022.
The career .277/.346/.527 player probably wants secure playing time to reach some milestones, most notably 500 home runs.
He is currently at 449, and will probably need two more seasons.
Will he manage to enter the 500-homer club?
Only time will tell, but in Washington, he will get plenty of plate appearances to improve his Hall of Fame case.NEXT: Nelson Cruz Reveals One Important Need In Washington