Melky Cabrera wants everyone to know just how sorry he is. Sorry for cheating, sorry for lying, sorry for letting down the Giants and their supportive city.
Cabrera returned to AT&T Park with Toronto on Tuesday night for the first time since receiving a 50-game suspension last Aug. 15 following a positive testosterone test.
"That was an ugly time for me and my family," Cabrera said in the dugout before batting practice. "I feel very sorry for what happened. I regret what happened. It's in the past. ... That was 2012. Now, it's 2013 and I'm focused on playing baseball."
A fan favorite during his brief stay in San Francisco, Cabrera encountered fans who recognized him during Monday's off day and said they were welcoming and friendly.
Sour Melk? Maybe not.
But Cabrera received loud boos when he came to the plate in the first inning. He then hit a leadoff single up the middle against Tim Lincecum.
Perhaps now everybody can move forward for good — and it certainly didn't hurt that the Giants went on to win a second World Series championship in three years despite Cabrera's absence. Cabrera was batting .281 with two home runs and 21 RBIs for the Blue Jays entering the game Tuesday night, when he was leading off and playing left field against his former club.
Fans dressed in costume calling themselves "Melk Men" frequented the waterfront ballpark last spring to cheer Cabrera. Then, suddenly, he was gone for the stretch run.
"I want to tell the fans I'm sorry," Cabrera said. "They treated me great."
Cabrera said he wishes he hadn't used a performance-enhancing drug to fuel his sensational season, and was saddened to miss out on winning the World Series with the Giants and his "great teammates."