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.
A woman just ran onto the field to try and hug Cody Bellinger between batters. He handled it quite well while security handled the situation, and is now being serenaded with "M-V-P" chants. Interesting couple minutes…
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) June 23, 2019
Of course, the internet ran wild with various art and memes of the incident.
You should make a print of this, and frame it pic.twitter.com/WAWsMfBpwe
— John Ernenputsch (@jpooch21) June 24, 2019
— Amber Kathleen (@AmbeyyZ) June 24, 2019
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.
Cody Bellinger wants to warn other fans thinking of going on the field for a hug: "I don't think my hugs are that special to be honest, so for future reference my hugs aren't that great so don't rush me on the field." #CodyLove ?
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) June 23, 2019
Please don’t rush Cody or anyone on the field of play. But if you do, make it a great story!