Michael Chavis was really pulling for rookie rule 5 pick Jonathan Arauz to record his first hit on Monday night. So when the infielder ripped a Ryan Yarbrough offering to deep center field, Chavis thrust both arms over his head in celebration.
Just one problem: Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier.
Kiermaier raced onto the warning track and appeared to mistime his leap, but managed to hang in the air just long enough to corral the drive before tumbling to the dirt in front of the center field fence. Instead of his first big-league knock, the 22-year-old Panamanian simply had his first loud out, and Chavis couldn't hide his frustration on his teammate's behalf.
When he realized the ball had landed in Kiermaier's glove, Chavis dropped his hands and raised his middle finger in Kiermaier's direction before simply covering his face.
Michael Chavis *really* wanted Jonathan Arauz to record his first big-league hit, so when Kevin Kiermaier chased down a long drive with a leaping catch, Chavis didn't hide his dismay with the Gold Glove center fielder. pic.twitter.com/6w6WPm8SUJ— John Tomase (@jtomase) August 11, 2020
Not the first time the three-time Gold Glover has elicited that reaction, and undoubtedly not the last.