Jesse Winker clubbed a no-doubt homer after a fist-bump with a fan in right field
Fans at baseball games love to scream and shout at their favorite players. It's just a thing sports fans do. We don't usually, however, get much of a reaction from players -- they're in "game mode," after all. It's all about focus and getting the job done, not waving to each and every fan that makes a fuss from the stands.
In Monday's Brewers-Reds game at Great American Ball Park, however, an exchange took place between Reds right fielder Jesse Winker and a fan beyond the outfield fence that qualifies as some top-tier fan/player interaction. After the second out of the inning brought Winker within a few strides of the wall, he and a fan had a brief chat.
The fan offered Winker his beer, but Jesse obviously couldn't indulge. Instead, he thrust his fist into the air and the two exchanged fist-bumps, which means they're best friends now:
Powered by the bond he now holds with that man in the stands, Winker then came up in the bottom of the inning and crushed an opposite-field homer to tie the game:
Fist-bumps: they work.
Adrian Garro joined MLB.com in 2016. Throughout his travels, both Bartolo Colon and Vin Scully have placed their hands on his shoulders. Not at the same time, though. That'd be amazing.