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It’s National Hug Day! And No One Did it Better than John Baker and Hector Rondon

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It’s National Hug Day, today!

Be sure to hug anyone and everyone you see – even strangers! Apparently, the law states that you can hug anyone you want today – even without permission – so long as you sufficiently surprise them and catch them off guard (I’ve found that hiding behind large bushes or in dark alleys works best).

Good luck!


But remember, it’s about quality, not quantity … Unless you’re former Cubs catcher John Baker (who just had a birthday!) and Cubs closer Hector Rondon … then it’s about both:


MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 27: Hector Rondon #56 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with John Baker #12 after the 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 27, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)


I recently reached out to John Baker for some comments about his clearly dawww-worthy relationship with Rondon, and he didn’t disappoint.


“I love Hector Rondon for his humility, his sense of humor and his passion and drive to be a winning baseball player,” said Baker. “He is the consummate teammate, always rooting hard for the success of his brothers. Our friendship transcended any perceived cultural barriers, we weren’t American or Venezuelan, when we were Cubs, we were family.”

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And finally, on this, the holiest of holidays, National Hug Day, I present to you my second favorite picture of a battery all-time:

Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker, left, and relief pitcher Hector Rondon, right, celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs won 8-7. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

This is my first.

Photo Credits:
1: Gary A Vasquez
2: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images
3: Tannen Maury
4: Jim McIsaac (Generated by IJG JPEG Library)
5: Andrew A. Nelles (AP Photo)


Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.