Austin and Aaron Nola create MLB history by becoming the first batter-pitcher brother EVER – with their dad wearing a Phillies jersey over a San Diego shirt and Padres hat
- Austin and Aaron Nola are the first batter-pitcher brother in playoff history
- The siblings are just the sixth pair to face each other in an MLB postseason series
- They are the first brothers to face each other since the 1997 AL Championship Series
- Austin and Aaron’s parents attended and interviewed midgame
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MLB history was made on Wednesday during Game 2 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), when the San Diego Padres hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.
Austin of San Diego and Aaron of Philadelphia became the first brothers to face each other as a pitcher-batter combination in post-season MLB history.
They are the sixth siblings to face off in the postseason, although the most recent for Wednesday were Roberto and Sandy Alomar in the 1997 ALCS.
Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola tries his brother, San Diego catcher Austin Nola. to turn off
Their father wore a double jersey with a Phillies shirt over the top of a Padres jersey
During the second game of the best-of-five series, Aaron and Austin’s parents were interviewed by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Their father AJ wore a Padres hat and a Phillies jersey over a Padres shirt.
“It was a lot of anticipation, I was really anxious for the match,” said AJ Nola. ‘I just got a little nervous’ [sic] when Austin was on the board. So Aaron gave him the first at bat.”
The Phillies-pitcher got the better of his brother in the bottom of the second inning and forced a ground-out from the starting catcher of the Pads.
The double jersey idea started last year and the tradition has continued all the way to the playoffs where both Nola boys are just a few wins away from a World Series berth.
The Nola brothers are the first siblings to face each other in the MLB postseason since 1997
The Nolas bought an RV to accommodate their sons’ travel schedule en route to the Major Leagues. Now they can enjoy the loot.
“It has been worth every motorhome trip and every tournament and everything so far has been so surreal. Worth every penny,” AJ Nola added.
A win for Philadelphia tonight would give them a 2-0 lead back to the northeast, leaving them with only one game to win in the remainder of the series.
The brothers switched jerseys earlier this year during a game at Petco Park on August 21