Chicago outfielder Joc Pederson drilled a solo shot over the right field wall on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, which not only marked his first home run with the Cubs but also tied the game up 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
By the time he got around the bases and back to the dugout, his teammates had a gift waiting for him to celebrate the occasion — though, it’s not the type of gift one would expect to receive in the middle of a Major League Baseball game.
The Cubs gave Pederson a waffle iron.
Based on the look on his face, Pederson was thrilled.
In their defense, the home run was huge — and marked Pederson’s first hit of the season. The 28-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Cubs in February after seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“It was huge,” Pederson said, via the Chicago Sun Times. “There was … just grinding to start the season, just to get the first one, especially in front of the fans — it’s a little more pressure than normal. It was a big relief just to get on the board and tie the game up and give ourselves a chance to win. It felt good.”
Though Pederson’s heroics kept them in the game, the momentum didn’t last. Brewers centerfielder Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer in the 10th to push Milwaukee back into the lead. The Brewers then held on and closed out the inning after letting up a run off a Jason Heyward single to claim the 4-2 win.
At least the Cubs know where to get waffles in the morning, right?
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