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Rockies, Cardinals Engage In Unusual Post-Anthem Standoff

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.

Jose Martinez #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals is fed a glass of water by Kolten Wong #16 while in a standoff following the National Anthem that partially delayed the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 21, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Jose Martinez #58 of the St. Louis Cardinals is fed a glass of water by Kolten Wong #16 while in a standoff following the National Anthem that partially delayed the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 21, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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.

– By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer

(© Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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