Day games in the play-offs. Absolutely ridiculous’: Padres fans lay in MLB in defense of star Juan Soto after $500 million man was blinded by the sun and failed to make an easy catch against Phillies
- Juan Soto joined the Padres earlier this season on a $500 million contract
- He is a key figure as his team tries to reach the World Series, but against the Phillies on Wednesday he had a moment to forget on the field
- The leftfielder couldn’t see the ball through the sun when Matt Vierling hit the at bat
- He protected himself from the ball that fell on him at the start of the second inning
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San Diego Padres fans were quick to defend their star player in Juan Soto on social media after a comic error that gave the Philadelphia Phillies a chance to score a second time in Game 2 on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who turned down a 15-year, $440 million contract extension from the Nationals during the 2022 season and instead signed a $500 million contract with the Padres, played his usual position as a left fielder at the top of the second inning. when Matt Vierling, of the Phillies, came to bat.
With one out and two men on second and third base, Blake Snell threw a fast ball to Vierling, who hit it to the right side of Petco Park.
Rightfielder Juan Soto loses the ball in the sun after a grounder from Phillies’ Matt Vierling in Game 2
The man who left the Nationals in August couldn’t see baseball despite wearing sunglasses
Soto ran backwards and tried to catch the baseball but tried to find it in the air as the blazing California sun blinded him in an incredible, comedic moment, despite wearing sunglasses.
The number 22 then shielded himself with his arms and right hand to protect himself from the baseball that fell on him before quickly picking it up off the grass and throwing it back into play.
However, it was too late to prevent the Phillies from extending their 1-0 lead, as Nick Castellanos scored on the sacrifice fly, leaving everything to the Padres.
After one of the funniest postseason moments this year so far, the Phillies took two more runs on the scoreboard and took a 4-0 lead before the Padres scored twice in the bottom of the second inning.
That didn’t stop fans from making a fuss about a pivotal game being played on Twitter in broad daylight.
Fans were quick to defend their star man on Twitter, blaming the MLB for a day game
Day games in the play-offs. Absolutely ridiculous,” one Twitter user commented on Talkin’ Baseball’s post about Soto’s comedic climax.
“Ban playoff day games,” commented another fan with a similar attitude.
‘The sun remains undefeated in sport,’ wrote another.
“Day Games are not IT,” another person emphasizes.
“Great looks for you @MLB,” tweeted a fan named “Bert,” along with a face full of tears of joy emoji. “Playoff games are a joke!”
Soto grounded out in the ninth inning of game one vs the Phillies at Petco Park on Tuesday
Another baseball follower tweeted a GIF from an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants depicting a resident Bikini Bottom fish, whose eyes burn as he gazes at the sun, along with the caption, “MY EYES.”
“The sun is cruel to baseball,” another fan tweeted, while another claimed that “day games are so tragic for the postseason.”
The Padres can play their potential final game at home against the Phillies on Wednesday before heading to Pennsylvania to play Game 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday.