Kevin Millar, a member of the Boston Red Sox’s curse-ending World Series champion team, broke a long hiatus from live baseball and returned as a 45-year-old for one at-bat with another former team of his, the St. Paul Saints.
And he knocked it out of the park.
A two-run homer sent Millar gliding around the basepaths Saturday night and sent 9,000 fans into a frenzy during the Saints’ 8-6 victory over the Winnipeg Goldeyes in an American Association game at CHS Field.
“The ol’ timer’s still got it,” the Saints tweeted. And Millar tweeted Sunday, “Thank you @StPaulSaints for making an old man feel young again! Special night last night.”
Millar began his pro career with the Saints in 1993, the franchise’s inaugural season, and returned Saturday night as part of a 25th-season celebration.
Millar remains prominent in baseball as a co-host of MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.” Reaction to his homer was strong; ESPN played the footage repeatedly, featuring the call, “Are you kidding me!” as the ball cleared the fence.