Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.
Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.
The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years.
Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:
“I’m a pretty emotional guy. So I held back some tears there and I tried to really focus.”— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) April 24, 2019
-Kevin Pillar on his return to Toronto pic.twitter.com/NKthORwCzO
"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."
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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.