A hug was one of the most most memorable moments from Tuesday night’s National League Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies. In a game that was more pitching duel than hitting factory, it kept everyone on the edge, wondering who will strike first. In the 11th inning, during a force out, Javier Baez accepted his tag fate and hugged Nolan Arenado.
Without skipping a beat, the play shot Rockies manager Bud Black from the dugout, leaving the rest to wonder if Baez had violated the rules. After all, there was the potential for a double play.
The incident ended in a warning to Baez and quickly became ancient history after the Rockies struck gold in the 13th, behind Tony Wolters go-head hit that eventually advanced them to the NLDS, where they will face the Milwaukee Brewers.