The impressive list of American baseball players both current and former who have attended FC Barcelona games at Camp Nou had one more name added to it on Sunday night.

Aaron Boone, a member of one of baseball’s so-called royal families — his brother Brett and his father Bob also enjoyed long careers in the big leagues — and who played seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before shorter stints with a handful of other teams, was on hand for Barça’s La Liga match against cross-city rivals RCD Espanyol.

“I’m a rookie at this,” Boone told Barça TV in an interview before the game. “But I’m getting better, my kids are helping me out all the time.”

His kids, in fact, were the reason they made the trip. They all play youth soccer in the United States and at least one of his sons is a big Barça fan.

“My wife and I actually surprised him for Christmas, taking him here,” Boone said. “He just found out the other day, so we’re so excited, and to see him walk into the stadium tonight and see the field, to see his face, was really neat.”

Aaron Boone is at least the fourth baseball player to visit FC Barcelona in the past year. St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was at Camp Nou for the recent El Clásico on 4 December. In October, Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval visited a training session and attended a game. And last year, it was Toronto Blue Jays slugger José Bautista who made a visit as part of a family heritage tour.

Barça a magnet for celebrities

A bevy of other personalities and entertainers who have also visited FC Barcelona recently. Among the celebrities who have either visited a training session or the stadium itself include the former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis, the WWE wrestlers Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, and Carmella, and the singer and songwriter Justin Bieber.

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