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Internet Reacts to Nelson Cruz Taking a Photo With Umpire Joe West During All-Star Game (Pics + Tweets)
This year Major League Baseball finally put an end to the “this time it counts” era. For the first time since 2002, the outcome of the Midsummer Classic will not determine home field advantage for the World Series.
Apparently Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz took the change to mean players had carte blanche to have fun.
In the top of the sixth, Cruz brought his phone with him to the plate and had Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina take a photo of him and home plate umpire Joe West, who had recently umpired his 5,000th game.
After Yadi snapped the photo, Cruz put the phone back in his pocket, leaned in, and told West he wanted a photo of “the oldest guys in the game.”
Here’s what the bizarre scene looked like on TV:
Nelson Cruz wanted a photo with umpire Joe West, who recently umpired in his 5,000th game pic.twitter.com/hMb1PnmvSX
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) July 12, 2017
And here’s the actual photo:
A post shared by Nelson Cruz (@ncboomstick23) on
Needless to say, Twitter went nuts:
Nelson Cruz doing his part to make baseball fun again. #ASG17
— Sarah Aubrey (@SarahAubrey02) July 12, 2017
Nelson Cruz wins MVP for that move.
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) July 12, 2017
No way that picture comes out, with the glare off Yadi’s gear.
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) July 12, 2017
Nelson Cruz should have gotten a phone call at the plate and not answered. The perfect tribute to Joe West: a missed call
— Randall J. Sanders (@RandallJSanders) July 12, 2017
If Nelson Cruz had immediately hit a home run after taking a selfie, it would’ve been the most legendary thing I’ve ever seen at a game.
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) July 12, 2017
Thanks for disrespecting the game I love, Nelson Cruz
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) July 12, 2017
Woah guys I think Yadi just proposed to Nelson Cruz and Joe West pic.twitter.com/cc0FkQYBBt
— Cody (@CodyRogers10) July 12, 2017