When Jurickson Profar arrived at Globe Life Park on Friday prior to the A's 8-6 win over the Rangers, it was familiar territory with unfamiliar circumstances.
Profar was acquired by the Oakland A's from the Rangers as part of a three-team deal. Before putting on the Green and Gold, Texas was all he knew.
"This was home for a long time," Profar told reporters before the game.
The infielder spent five seasons with the Rangers, and is now entrenched as the A's second baseman, so this reunion was bittersweet -- and a bit confusing.
"It's different -- the other side of the building," he said. "It was the first time I got to see the visitor's clubhouse. I've never been in there."
He got a little lost on the opposite side of the park and smiled as he said he had to ask where everything was.
Alas, he saw his former teammates and it appeared he was happy to be "back home."
This was a couple of days after Profar called up his former teammate Adrian Beltre on his birthday. Beltre may have retired, but he was not too busy to give Profar some hitting tips -- and they appeared to have worked. The 26-year-old went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Tuesday's 13-2 win in Baltimore.
It's understandable Profar misses the Rangers, but I think it's safe to say the A's are more than happy to have him on the team.
Oh, and it has to be said: In Profar's first at-bat against his former team, he hit a double.