It’s been a minute, but the Red Sox World Series hero returned to the mound.

Ever since the World Series ended in a Red Sox-themed celebration, the focus turned to retaining the core members of the championship club. At that point, priority number one was likely retaining Nathan Eovaldi. Thankfully, it didn’t take Dave Dombrowski long to ink the hard throwing righty to a contract extension and retain his services in Boston.

The last time we had seen Nate on the mound, he threw in one of the most valiant efforts in World Series history. As we know, the Red Sox lost to the Dodgers in extra innings that night, but Eovaldi won over the heart of Red Sox Nation throughout his outing.

He returned to the mound today against the Minnesota Twins.

Nasty Nate looked true to form on Wednesday as he touched 99 multiple times throughout his outing, according to the Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey. The velocity is always an encouraging sign for any Red Sox fan that may be paying attention to these outings.

He did allow a homerun to Byron Buxton, but it was an otherwise ideal return for the Sox hero in Spring Training.