When a player leaves a team that he’s been a part of for his entire career, he’ll get a nice reception from the fanbase when he returns as an opposing player.
We saw it with Albert Pujols when he made his return to St. Louis, and we saw it last night as Jameson Taillon took the mound at PNC Park as a member of the New York Yankees, not the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As he walked out to the mound, the DJ at PNC Park cued “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin and showed a montage of Taillon’s highlights with the Pirates as the fans gave him a warm hand.
Starting 9 tweeted a video of the heartwarming moment.
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Taillon Returns To Pittsburgh
It’s always nice to see a player get a warm reception in his old ballpark when he returns as an opposing player for the first time.
Taillon had a ton of great memories while pitching for the Pirates.
He was their ace for several years.
Not only that, but he even beat cancer while he was a member of the Pirates.
The fans in Pittsburgh will certainly never forget that and how he embodied the spirit of their city, even in the darkest of times.
Over four seasons in Pittsburgh, Taillon went 29-24 and posted a 3.67 ERA.
He was one of many exciting young prospects to come through Pittsburgh early in his career and got to play alongside guys like Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco, and even Gerrit Cole, who also began his career in Pittsburgh.
Taillon has plenty of great memories from his time with the Pirates, and the fans made sure to give him a nice round of applause as he made his return.