Milwaukee Brewers: Orlando Arcia can’t catch pop, settles for ice cream

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 17: Orlando Arcia
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 17: Orlando Arcia /

Life is good for the Milwaukee Brewers, and Orlando Arcia too, who took an ice cream break during Saturday’s game with the Marlins.

Orlanda Arcia is proving to be an integral part in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ miraculous 44-39 first place start in 2017. The 22-year old shortstop is batting .285 with seven home runs and 26 RBI, and is evolving into a human highlight reel for manager Craig Counsell.

During Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins, a foul ball in the fourth inning off the bat of JT Riddle carried Arcia and third baseman Travis Shaw to the seats just before the tarp.

Although the ball made its way several sections beyond their reach, something caught the eye of the second-year shortstop: Ice cream. The dessert belonged to a fan focused on tracking down the foul pop.

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So, Arcia reached for the spoon, and helped himself. All the fan could do was chuckle, as Arcia ever-so-smoothly jogged back to his position.

Can we even blame the slick-fielding shortstop? On a 78 degree day with Milwaukee’s humidity, I’d like to believe an ice cream cone was the only thing that occupied his mind. The opportunity presented itself, and he never looked back.

En route to the club’s third straight win, Arcia added the cherry on top to an already exciting day: His seventh dinger of the year to pad the Brewers’ lead.

While Saturday’s ice cream frenzy at Miller Park took the baseball world by storm, it’s certainly up there with the likes of Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.

Fielder once reached for — and successfully snatched— a fan’s nacho while tracking down a foul ball as a member of the Detroit Tigers. Cabrera is no stranger to interacting with fans, but a recent swift touch of a spectator’s beard might have been his finest, and funniest.

Winning is fun, as told by Arcia, and there’s not a care in the world for the Brewers right now atop the National League Central. If the Brew Crew are able to maintain their winning ways, fans (and players) are on their way to a delicious second half.