The baseball gods work in mysterious ways.
As members of previous Boston Red Sox World Series championship teams took the field at Fenway Park for Tuesday's ring ceremony, another already was stationed in the visiting dugout: pitcher Clay Buchholz.
That's right: The two-time World Series champion signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in early March, and despite beginning the season on the injured list with an elbow strain, he was on hand for Tuesday's game.
Clay Buchholz will start for the Jays on Saturday. Coming off the IL. Will join the team at Fenway today.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) April 9, 2019
It was Buchholz's first time back in Boston since the Red Sox traded him in December 2016, and it must have been a bit strange to watch his 2007 and 2013 teammates celebrate with the 2018 champion Sox.
But the 34-year-old starter chose a different emotion when asked before Tuesday's game.
"This is where I grew up. It’s exciting," Buchholz told reporters, via MLB.com's Jessica Camerato. "I know the experience of getting to walk on the field and get a ring. I’ve done it a couple times.
"It’s a really cool experience. Looking out from the other side makes you want to do it again."
Buchholz, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2005 and spent a decade in Boston, enjoyed arguably the best season of his career on that 2013 title team, posting a 12-1 record and 1.74 ERA through 16 starts before a shoulder injury cut his year short.
He struggled in Philadelphia during the 2017 campaign before having a 2018 renaissance with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sporting a 2.01 ERA through 16 appearances.
It appears injuries are plaguing the two-time All-Star once again in Toronto, but at least he got to witness another cool moment for his former club.
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