SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross received a warm ovation Sunday at Scottsdale Stadium, as the former Giant and 2010 postseason hero faced San Francisco for the first time since leaving after the 2011 season.
Ross, who signed autographs for a handful of Giants fans prior to the game, struck out looking at a cutter in his only at-bat against Barry Zito.
"I've been around a lot of people and a lot of Giants fans, and they're welcoming," Ross said. "Warm ovation when I ran out. It was a good feeling."
Ross, 32, signed a three-year deal with the D-backs this offseason, returning to the National League West after a one-year hiatus in Boston. The Scottsdale resident said he and his wife were ecstatic to stay at home.
Ross said he was hoping to land with a West Coast team, and even received a call from the Giants early in the free-agent process telling him to keep them in mind. He said he understood he likely was a safety net in case San Francisco didn't re-sign center fielder Angel Pagan -- which the Giants did, to a four-year deal -- but said he was intrigued by the possibility.
"I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind," Ross said.
Instead, he's with the only other team to win the NL West in the past three seasons. The D-backs clinched the 2011 division title by beating the Giants in late September at Chase Field and Ross remembers watching Arizona players celebrate on the field and later jumping into the stadium's pool.
Now, after seeing Arizona dethrone him and the rest of the 2010 World Series champions in 2011, Ross is hoping to be a part of a similar fate this year against the 2012 champs.
"I'm not going to lie, watching those guys celebrate knowing that we just got beat and we're not going to the playoffs after winning the World Series, that's not a very good feeling," Ross said of 2011. "I definitely want to jump in that pool now."