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#pounditMonday, January 18, 2021

Justin Bieber feels ‘special connection’ with Indians pitcher over name mix-ups

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber has grown used to hearing comments about a certain pop icon he shares a last name with, but the references reached a new level of insane this year when a baseball card manufacturer accidentally called him “Justin” on the back of his card. If it makes Shane feel any better, Justin loved it.

Shane Bieber sent a funny tweet over the weekend showing how his latest Topps Stadium Club card referred to him as “Justin” in the blurb under his name.

Shane probably wasn’t surprised. After all, this is the guy who had “Not Justin” on the back of his jersey last year when players wore nicknames for Players Weekend. He has also had teammates needle him by changing his warmup music to Justin Bieber songs, so this is nothing new.

On Sunday, Justin Bieber shared his thoughts on the embarrassing Topps flub. He said it’s another reason he feels a “special connection” with Shane.

Isn’t that nice? We don’t know if Shane feels that same connection, but he definitely takes the mix-ups in stride. He even appreciated the apology he got from Topps.

Justin Bieber has found his way into the sports conversation numerous times over the years, but the connections to Shane are apparently a bit deeper. We wonder if the right-hander feels the same.

H/T Cleveland.com

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