The San Diego Padres turned the baseball world upside down, as general manager AJ Preller played a dizzying game of ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ ahead of the MLB trade deadline. Preller secured the deadline’s grand prize, Juan Soto, and first baseman Josh Bell, in a deal with the Washington Nationals. The Padres also brought in closer Josh Hader and versatile infielder/outfielder Brandon Drury.

On Wednesday night, Preller and the Padres got to see the new toys in action, as Soto took the field for the first time as a member of his new club. As he took the field, Padres faithful showered him with a standing ovation. After the contest, a 9-1 victory, Soto reacted to the ovation he received, per AJ Cassavell of

“It brings a lot of emotions for me,” Soto said. “It feels amazing, all the crowd and everything. It was an amazing moment for me, how they cheered for me.”

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Per Cassavell, Juan Soto said that the Padres’ fans ovation “brings a lot of emotions” for him. Undoubtedly, the former Nationals slugger probably feels a bit out of place in San Diego. But he also feels welcomed at the same time, given the “amazing moment” he experienced upon taking the field.

Batting in the two-hole, Soto went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored. His first hit was a single to right field. While fans were likely hoping to see him leave the yard, the ex-Nationals slugger described his impact best, saying that even when he draws a walk, he can “still do damage.”

Expect plenty of damage to be done by Juan Soto and company. And Padres fans are already on board.