BOSTON -- George Springer's homecoming wasn't the kind of storybook return he would have liked, but the rookie outfielder still managed to enjoy his time at Fenway Park as a Major Leaguer.
Springer, who grew up in New Britain, Conn., as a huge Red Sox fan, has been on the disabled list since July with a left quad strain and recently was told by a doctor to take an additional two weeks off to help him recuperate. That meant he would sit out the team's only trip to Fenway Park this year.
"It's cool," said Springer, who has never played at Fenway. "Obviously it's under a little bit of a different circumstance, but to be here as a player for the first time is special to me."
Springer, who still had more than a dozen ticket requests from friends and family, said his favorite all-time memory from the countless games he attended as a kid when a walk-off grand slam by Mo Vaughn, who was Springer's favorite player.
"I've been here, who knows how many times," Springer said.
As far as missing out on a chance play at Fenway, Springer is just bummed about not playing at all.
"I'm a guy who likes to play every day, so this is obviously tough," he said.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.