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#pounditSunday, December 5, 2021

Twitter reacts to Javy Baez, Nolan Arenado hugging during play

Javy Baez Nolan Arenado hug

A bizarre hug from Javy Baez and Nolan Arenado in the middle of a play during the NL Wild Card Game drew some funny reactions on Twitter.

Willson Contreras was batting for the Chicago Cubs with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the 11th. He grounded one to Arenado, who tagged Baez, the lead runner. But Baez, knowing he was dead meat, stopped in his tracks and then reached out to hug Arenado while the play was still going on.

The umpires and Rockies manager Bud Black actually discussed whether Baez’s actions were legal considering he could have prevented Arenado from throwing and attempting a double play. They decided not to penalize Baez, while the next batter grounded out to end the inning, allowing the game to continue.

Twitter still had a blast with the awkward mid-game moment.

Baez is lucky the umpires didn’t call him for interference or something worse. That still was the most unexpected moment of the postseason.

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