This moment has been inevitable since the day the Rays made the bombshell announcement they would be trading Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. At the time of the trade, Longoria was in offseason mode, heading to Europe for a vacation with his wife, so fans got to delay the agony of seeing him in a new jersey for a few more weeks.
On Friday, the official reveal was finally made, as Longoria participated in his first public press conference with the Giants, debuting his brand new jersey. Since the number 3 jersey has been retired for Hall of Famer Bill Terry, Longo will be sporting the number 10 with San Francisco.
This is... so wrong.
“This is nerve racking, I’ve never had to do this before. A lot of pressure.” -New Giants third baseman Evan Longoria on pulling on new uni. pic.twitter.com/n7D7bizwl9— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) January 19, 2018
Longoria was complementary of the Rays organization when he spoke about the process of being traded, saying they worked with him to ensure the whole thing didn’t come as a huge shock.
Evan Longoria on his emotions being traded from #Rays after spending 10 years there and joining #SFGiants franchise that has been highly successful over the span of his career. pic.twitter.com/6v2d2ekgv5— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) January 19, 2018
That doesn’t mean he didn’t take a little jab at his former club, however. When asked what he thought the biggest difference would be about playing in San Francisco, he said being “Outdoors in front of fans.”