Is this every father’s dream – or worst nightmare?
Two brothers played on opposing Major League Baseball teams during Wednesday’s National League Championship Series, and their father was present at Petco Park in San Diego to watch his sons compete.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola captured the mound in a game where he would face San Diego Padres catcher Austin Nola. According to the New York Post, it was the first time in baseball history that two brothers had faced each other as pitchers and batters in a playoff game.
Alluding to his conflict of interest, AJ Nola (the patriarch of the Nola family) wore a Phillies jersey and a Padres hat — attire that is likely to raise questions from any fan unaware of the Nola family’s situation.
In Austin Nola’s second plate appearance against his brother Aaron, he hit an RBI single that cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-3.
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Austin Nola gets the best of his little brother Aaron as he scores a base hit to put the Padres inside one.
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Cameras caught AJ Nola’s reaction just after the knock sounded the go-ahead for the go-ahead.
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Austin was replaced by a relief pitcher after a subsequent hit tied the game. He was eventually named the losing pitcher in the Padres’ 8-5 win.
AJ admitted he was torn between two different dogs in this fight, speaking to The Philadelphia Inquirer in a postgame interview.
“I had no emotions,” said the father. “I’m going to get kicked in the leg by my wife all night like, ‘Why didn’t you gossip?'”
The contradictory father also admitted that the unprecedented scenario was difficult for him.
“Words cannot describe how difficult it was,” said AJ Nola of the competition.
Austin was happier about the moment in baseball history and spoke to the Inquirer after the game.
“It’s special,” said the catcher. “It’s a family thing and we enjoy it. That doesn’t happen often. We will have fun. It’s competitive, isn’t it?”
Aaron Nola had previously hinted that he has no plans to throw a fat shot at his brother.
“I think it was clear between the two of us that we were going all out,” the pitcher said, according to the Inquirer. “There is no empathy here. There’s no ‘I hope you’re okay’.”
“I want to hit him,” he said. “I want to go to the next round and let him go home, but it’s definitely cool.”
Game 3 of the tied NLCS is scheduled for Friday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
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