How Cody Bellinger’s father celebrated his son’s home run-robbing catch is so 2020

It was almost the worst-timed bathroom break imaginable.



Dodgers center Cody Bellinger celebrates after making a catch to prevent a home run by San Diego's Fernando Tatis Jr. during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLDS on Wednesday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)


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Dodgers center Cody Bellinger celebrates after making a catch to prevent a home run by San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. during the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLDS on Wednesday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

During a pitching change in seventh inning of the Dodgers’ NLDS Game 2 on Wednesday, Clay Bellinger got up from his seat in the upper deck of Globe Life Field, navigated a quiet concourse as Fernando Tatis Jr. came to the plate and got back within sight of the diamond just as the ball reached his son in center field.

“I took a peek in,” Clay said, “and saw Cody drift back.”

That’s where Clay watched Cody rob a home run with one of the most memorable catches in recent franchise history — alone in an empty stadium,

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For a moment, it seemed as if Padres superstar shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had done it again.

Tatis had previously pulled off home run heroics in San Diego’s Wild Card Series win over St. Louis. With two outs in the seventh inning and the Padres trailing by a run, Tatis hit what appeared to be a surefire two-run blast to straightaway center field.

Then Cody Bellinger turned into Superman, and the Dodgers escaped with their lead intact.

Bellinger and the rest of the Dodgers were understandably fired up after the game-saving play. Pitcher Brusdar Graterol flung his hat and glove in excitement, and then appeared to blow a kiss to Padres third baseman Manny Machado. Machado, unsurprisingly, was not too pleased with that.

Graterol’s taunt, and Machado’s reaction, sparked several other Dodgers to shout at Machado and the Padres dugout. Graterol stayed in the game in the eighth, when he

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Cody Bellinger thwarts Fernando Tatis Jr. heroics with unreal home-run robbery

The difference between a one-run lead and a one-run deficit. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The difference between a one-run lead and a one-run deficit. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

With one runner on base, two outs and a one-run deficit, San Diego Padres MVP candidate Fernando Tatis Jr. had the chance to continue his breakout season.

Then last year’s MVP took it away.

Facing Dodgers flamethrower Brusdar Graterol in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLDS, Tatis tagged a 99-mph fastball to deep center field. In many MLB ballparks, it’s a home run to take the lead.

It might have been a homer in Globe Life Field as well, but then Cody Bellinger went ahead and did this:

Given the context, home run robberies don’t get much better than that.

Graterol certainly knew that, judging from his reaction.

Graterol later blew a kiss toward the Padres dugout. At least one of the Padres didn’t approve, as Manny Machado, who had thrown out an epic

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The 2020 MLB season has been the Year of Fernando Tatis Jr. and it looked as if the San Diego Padres’ shortstop was going to add another legendary moment to his list of achievements when he crushed a Brusdar Graterol pitch to deep center field — until Cody Bellinger appeared and made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to keep the Dodgers ahead late in Game 2 and Clayton Kershaw in line for the win.

Bellinger’s grab was the first home run robbery in a postseason game since Los Angeles had a David Freese long ball taken away by Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain in the 2018 NLCS and the fifth in the past five postseasons. But Bellinger’s night might have them all beat with this added fact: Bellinger

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The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.
Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the

The Dodgers countered Manny Machado’s epic bat flip with an epic glove flip.

Cody Bellinger made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall at Globe Life Field to rob Fernando Tatis Jr. of a potential go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 6-5 win over the Padres in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday night. That incredible grab prompted reliever Brusdar Graterol to throw his glove and hat in celebration.

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