Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Different kind of framing: Yadier Molina takes picture of Nelson Cruz with umpire prior to at-bat

Different kind of framing: Yadier Molina takes picture of Nelson Cruz with umpire prior to at-bat

The All-Star Game truly didn't mean anything this year so why not stop things to get a photo? Sporting an all-gold chest protector and catcher's mask, Molina first captivated the audience by snapping a picture of umpire Joe West and Seattle Mariner Nelson Cruz before an at-bat.

In years past, that would have meant that the AL pennant victor would have home-field advantage in the World Series, but for the first time in 13 years this year's game didn't count as anything more than an exhibition of the game's best and brightest.

The All-Star Game doesn't count, and it's awesome.

The Cardinals' Yadier Molina, catching for the National League, did the honors because Cruz couldn't quite make it happen while wearing his batting gloves ("It was supposed to be a selfie", he said afterward). Joe West's reaction might sum it up best.

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According to Cruz, Molina was all for the idea, but West wasn't a fan at first.

West, who earlier this season became just the third umpire in league history to work 5,000 games, seems highly amused by the moment, which resulted in this quality Instagram post from Cruz.

"He said, 'Let's go rookie, next time, slide, '" Cruz recalled. He was anxious he'd just made a costly baserunning error, but West called him safe. "He saved my butt calling me safe".

Nelson Cruz is just really passionate about his Insta game, apparently.

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