Sandy Leon

Sandy Leon: 'It was amazing' playing at Fenway Park against former team

Ryan Hannable
April 13, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Monday was Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon's first start on Opening Day, overall or at home. It was made even more special as Leon got to go up against the team that traded him away just a few weeks ago. Following Christian Vazquez's elbow injury, the Red Sox needed a catcher and were able to work out a deal with the Nationals for Leon. Leon made the Red Sox' Opening Day roster, and then after seeing Fenway Park for the first time ever Monday morning started against his former team later in the afternoon. Leon played a big part in the Red Sox' 9-4 win over the Nationals by going 3-for-4. It was his first three-hit game of his career. "It was amazing," said Leon. "I feel amazing. At Fenway Park, [the Red Sox] gave me the opportunity to play today and I am going to do whatever I can to [help the team win]." The 26-year-old catcher also called a great game behind the plate for Rick Porcello, as he went eight innings allowing three earned runs to pick up the win. Porcello gave a lot of credit to Leon. "€œHe was tremendous," said Porcello. "I'€™ve never thrown to him before except for today. For him to call the game that he did and do the job that he did back there says a lot about how he was prepared. He was easy to work with, he was really good." His performance behind the plate also got his manager's attention. "What's most impressive is how quiet he receives balls in the dirt, and there were several over the course of the game that he had to block," manager John Farrell said. In three years with Washington, Leon played in 34 games and hit just .189. Coming over to the Red Sox, Leon will now have a much bigger role, sharing the catching duties with Ryan Hanigan.