Alex Verdugo says goodbye to Boston in heartfelt Instagram publish

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The previous Purple Sox outfielder is sporting a clean-shaven look as he heads to New York.

Alex Verdugo will look slightly completely different enjoying for the Yankees in 2024. (Picture by Scott Taetsch/Getty Pictures)

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Alex Verdugo formally waved goodbye to town of Boston and the Purple Sox group in an Instagram publish on Thursday.

The younger outfielder spent 4 seasons in Boston after being traded to the Purple Sox from the Los Angeles Dodgers as a part of the Mookie Betts commerce. On Dec. 5, Boston dealt Verdugo to the New York Yankees.

Although his tenure with the Purple Sox got here to an in depth this offseason, Verdugo mentioned Boston will “at all times have a particular place in my coronary heart.”

“It was an honor to placed on that [Red Sox] uniform day-after-day and characterize such a storied franchise,” Verdugo mentioned. “I’m grateful for all my teammates I bought to share the sector and clubhouse with, in addition to the friendships I developed right here.

“To town of Boston and the followers, thanks in your ardour, vitality, and for embracing me on and off the sector. Your help meant greater than I might ever categorical.”

Verdugo batted .281 over his 4 seasons in Boston. He totaled 43 dwelling runs and 206 RBIs throughout that stretch. In 2023, he made Purple Sox historical past by hitting a leadoff dwelling run in three straight video games.

Early within the offseason, Verdugo expressed his need to stay with Boston past the 2023 season. As a substitute, he’ll head to the Purple Sox’ greatest rival.

It appears Verdugo is leaving one factor behind in Beantown, although: his beard. The 27-year-old is sporting a clean-shaven look as he prepares for his 2024 season together with his new group.

Verdugo will return to Boston for his first sport again at Fenway Park on June 14 when the Purple Sox host the Yankees for his or her first collection of 2024.