‘Day games in the playoffs. Absolutely ridiculous’: Padres fans threw themselves into MLB to defend star Juan Soto after the $500m man was blinded by the sun and couldn’t take it easy against the Phillies
- Juan Soto joined the Padres in a $500 million deal earlier this season
- He’s a key man as his team tries to reach the World Series but against the Phillies on Wednesday he had a moment to forget on the court
- Left fielder couldn’t see the ball because of the sun when Matt Vierling batted
- He protected himself from the ball falling on him at the top of the second set
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San Diego Padres fans were quick to defend their star man in Juan Soto on social media following a comical error that gave the Philadelphia Phillies a second scoring chance in Game 2 Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who rejected a 15-year, $440 million contract extension with the Nationals in the 2022 season and signed a $500 million deal with the Padres instead, was playing his position usual left fielder at the top of the second inning. when Matt Vierling of the Phillies came to bat.
With one out and two men at second and third base, Blake Snell threw a fastball to Vierling, who hit it to the right side of Petco Park.
Right fielder Juan Soto loses the ball in the sun after a Phillies Matt Vierling hit in Game 2
Man who quit Nationals in August couldn’t see baseball despite wearing sunglasses
Soto ran backwards, trying to catch the baseball but rushed to locate it mid-air as the scorching California sun blinded him in an incredibly comedic moment, despite wearing sunglasses.
The No. 22 then shielded himself with his arms and his right glove to protect himself from the baseball falling on him before quickly picking it up from the grass and putting 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 moments of this year’s playoffs so far, the Phillies got two more points on the scoreboard, taking a 4-0 lead before the Padres managed to score twice in end of second round.
That hasn’t stopped fans from making fuss about a pivotal game being played in broad daylight on Twitter.
Fans were quick to defend their star man on Twitter and blamed MLB for having a one-day game
‘Day games in the playoffs. Absolutely ridiculous,’ a Twitter user replied to Talkin’ Baseball’s post about Soto’s comedic highlight.
“Ban playoff day games,” commented another fan with a similar stance.
“The Sun remains undefeated in the sport,” another person wrote.
“Daytime games are not THAT,” another person pointed out.
“Great look for you @MLB,” a fan called “Bert” tweeted, along with a tears of joy emoji. “Playoff games are a joke!”
Soto hits a ground fly in the ninth inning of Game 1 against the Phillies at Petco Park on Tuesday
Another baseball fan tweeted a GIF from an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants of a Bikini Bottom resident fish, whose eyes burn from staring at the sun, with the caption, “MY EYES.”
“The sun is brutal for the sport of baseball,” another fan tweeted, while another person claimed “daytime games are so tragic for the playoffs.”
The Padres could play their last potential home game against the Phillies on Wednesday before heading to Pennsylvania to play Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday.