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Here’s a nice, confusing story to cap off your Saturday night.

Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski caused a ruckus by hugging teammates, apparently passing out cigars, and playing coy about retirement following Atlanta’s victory against the Mets. The natural assumption to make, then, was that Pierzynski was retiring.

Take a look at some of Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer David O’Brien’s tweets:

Except Pierzynski is evidently not retiring after all — and those cigars? Weren’t his work:

Of course, this is all semantics in a way. Pierzynski is going to be forced into retirement fairly soon, likely within the coming months. That’s just reality for a 39-year-old backstop who’s hitting a career-worst .217/.239/.303 on the season. The Braves could release him tomorrow — and who knows, maybe they intend to — and nobody would cry foul.

Pierzynski, a smart guy, probably realizes that. And that’s probably why he seemed to have a little fun with the situation at hand. Why not? It’s not every day you get to create a Twitter firestorm over hugs.


Source: CBS Sports / Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski doesn’t retire, despite how it looks