It’s been a long road to recovery for the Red Sox second baseman, but it was a delightful sight for fans everywhere.

Dustin Pedroia has returned to the Boston Red Sox.

It’s been a long-awaited sight for Sox fans, but the fan favorite was treated to a standing ovation whenever possible. In true Pedroia fashion, he wasted no time by lining a base hit off the diving shortstop’s glove.

It’s incredibly encouraging to see Pedroia back in the lineup for the reigning World Series champions. There’s no telling whether, or not, his health will stay sustainable but it’s a fantastic thing to see. The Laser Show will remain the starting second base option, until his health dictates otherwise.

Here’s hoping that this is the first of many highlights – and Fenway Park will certainly treat him to an even louder ovation than what he received today.