Francisco Lindor had the Internet buzzing with 'very nice' replacement jersey

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When <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/9116/" data-ylk="slk:Francisco Lindor">Francisco Lindor</a>’s No. 12 went missing, he found a ‘very nice’ replacement. (MLB.TV)
When Francisco Lindor’s No. 12 went missing, he found a ‘very nice’ replacement. (MLB.TV)

There’s a reason Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is one of the most popular players in Major League Baseball. Not only is he a joy to watch on the field, he knows how to play to the audience with the best of them.

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Case in point, when his No. 12 jersey didn’t make it to the Indians Cactus League game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday afternoon, the two-time All-Star improvised in epic fashion.

Looking nice, you say?

It appears the public agrees.

The No. 69 jersey was a huge hit. And while wearing that jersey, Lindor produced a hit.

If only he’d retired it then, that statement could have been true forever. Unfortunately, he was retired on a fly ball his next time up, before his No. 12 made it to the ballpark.

Oh well, it was a great run even if it only lasted a few innings.

By the way, if you’re a little confused where all the “nice” responses are coming from, this should help.

Basically, Lindor played into one of the most popular Internet memes, and the manner in which he did it is pretty spectacular. Like the Angels playing with three No. 9’s at the same time last week, it really is one of those moments you’ll only see in spring training.

To sum it all up.

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