Dodgers: Cody Bellinger’s Wild Run-in With a Fan on the Field

As we touch on a sub-story within a historic Sunday afternoon for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, we are compelled to remind everyone that player safety should always be respected… so please don’t try this at home.

On Sunday afternoon, Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers were in the top of the 9th inning of a 3-3 contest against the Colorado Rockies. Before eventually walking it off in the bottom of the 9th (in historic fashion), something happened.

Whether watching on TV, or listening on the radio, you could hear the roar of the crowd pick up. There was a young woman running on the field. She was heading toward Cody Bellinger.

Broadcasters aren’t in the business of giving these people — runners — the recognition they may be seeking. Although, that didn’t seem to matter to the woman.

Paola from Whittier approached Bellinger in right field with one request — a hug.

She got her hug, and then she got taken down by stadium security.


Bellinger on the experience.

At first I heard the crowd cheering and I look to my left and I saw this chick recording with her phone, running. She came up and said ‘I want to hug you’, gave me hug, and as she gave me a hug, the security guard tackled her.

Odd. Definitely odd.

Our friend Rick Krajewski added to the story from his vantage point.

Of course, the internet ran wild with various art and memes of the incident.

Paola herself created a Twitter account to let the fans know how she felt about the situation… after serving her time.


One final note on the situation, Cody himself added this.

Please don’t rush Cody or anyone on the field of play. But if you do, make it a great story!

Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of DodgersNation.com, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.


  1. This woman should be punished severely enough to discourage future fools and crazies from doing the same. Remember the s.o.b. who attacked Monica Seles, ending her career and almost her life.
    Bellinger is not only the next Mike Trout and face of the franchise, he is a good person, like so many on this Dodger team.
    Unless the WS is fixed again, as it was in 2017, this team will win the championship this year.You heard it here first.

  2. Although I definitely do not condone this fan’s behavior (player safety), it is my understanding that she is a 14 year old girl, not a woman. Still, I concur that punishment should be sufficient to cause the next person to think before embarking on the same or similar course of action. Bellinger is (or is fast becoming) the “face of the Dodgers franchise”, but all players should be protected. I would be remiss if I did not add that I am very impressed with Cody’s ability to maintain composure during the incident. #Codylove (but at an appropriate distance.)

    1. The strike zone against us that Series was wider than I’ve ever seen. Virtually made it impossible to get base runners and pass the baton because they couldn’t work counts the same way they did during the season

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