They were the hugs heard around the Twitter-verse.
Except — sorry to ruin a good tweet or two — they never happened.
When 2B Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game after the third inning, there was a post on Twitter, which spread rapidly, that he was hugging teammates as he left the dugout, a sign that he had been traded. Soon several national media folks, some with more than 500,000 followers, were reporting on the hug and speculating where he was headed, with a Philadelphia writer chiming in. So, too, were some radio talkers. (The better question was why the Rays would trade him, but that seemed to be lost in the moment.)
Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist leaves game with back spasms
Tampa Bay Times | Aug 6