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Juan Soto: Return to Washington Friday Will Be ‘Pretty Emotional’

Juan Soto did not have to wait long to face his former team, the Nationals, for the first time since being traded to the Padres

Just 10 days have passed since that blockbuster trade, and San Diego begins a three-game series at Nationals Park on Friday night. Soto fully expects it to be an emotional weekend, as he returns to the team he made his MLB debut with in 2018 and won a World Series with a year later.

“It’s going to be pretty emotional,” Soto said, per the Padres Beat newsletter. “I feel excited to go back and see those guys again. … I’ve done everything for that team. Whatever I did, I was thinking of that team and the fans. If they appreciate it, I will always be glad. If they don’t, there’s nothing I can do about it.”

The past few weeks have been an emotional stretch for Soto, who said he “cried the whole morning” after finding out that he was being traded to San Diego, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post.

In eight games with the playoff-contending Padres, Soto is hitting .357/.471/.607 with a home run, a pair of doubles, one RBI, and six walks. He’s scored seven runs during that stretch.

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On the year as a whole, he is hitting .254/.413/.495 with 22 home runs and 47 RBIs.

First pitch of Friday’s series opener in Washington is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

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