Joc Pederson crushed huge home run with Anthony Rizzo’s bat
Joc Pederson celebrates after hitting a three-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning during Game 3 of the 2021 ALDS at Truist Park. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Joc Pederson was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves before the deadline, and he brought a nice parting gift with him.

TBS pointed out that Pederson was using ex-Cubs teammate Anthony Rizzo’s bat when he smashed a pinch-hit, three-run home run in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

It was a monster shot and it accounted for the only runs of the game.

TBS’ observation called attention to the bat and even led Rizzo to send a text message to Joc. That’s what Pederson said in his postgame interview on TBS.

“He just texted me,” Pederson told Matt Winer. “I stole it from him when we were in Chicago. He’s got a lot of hits in it, so thanks, [Rizzo].”

Pederson has been coming up big-time for the Braves. He also had a pinch-hit home run in Game 1 of the series and was 1-for-1 in the Game 2 win. Maybe the secret is all in the pearls.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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