Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez is fitted for a catcher's mask by relief pitcher Boone Logan as Estevez takes part in a stand off against St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez after the teams dispersed from the warning track follo
David Zalubowski
September 21, 2016

DENVER (AP) Colorado reliever Carlos Estevez and St. Louis outfielder Jose Martinez faced each other in an unusual way - a playful post-national anthem standoff .

With Wednesday's game about to start, Estevez and Martinez stood near their dugouts - with their hand over their heart - and refused to back down until the other moved first.

Martinez's teammates offered support by bringing him water and a batting helmet. Estevez's teammates countered by spraying him with sunscreen and giving him a catcher's mask. The befuddled umpiring crew didn't quite know what to do.

Apparently, Estevez relented first and made a winner of Martinez, who jumped up and down in celebration before retreating to the dugout.

The start of the game was delayed several minutes by the good-natured prank.

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