Braves pitcher Tyler Matzek involved in strange incident during World Series parade

Used to be Atlanta Braves assistant pitcher Tyler Matzek for an overzealous fan trying to take part in the World Series celebration parade in Atlanta on Friday? It certainly seemed so.

Several videos circulating on social media appeared to show Matzek celebrating the Braves 2021 World Series title when an officer appeared to grab Matzek as he walked by, seemingly trying to remove him from the parade of cars.

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Matzek is seen reaching for his pocket, perhaps for an ID to show that he is really with the Braves.

The pitcher is seen talking to several more officers before giving them a nod and rejoining the parade.

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There was speculation on social media that Matzek was nearly arrested. But Marietta Police public information officer Chuck McPhilamy told Fox News on Saturday that Matzek was escorted off the parade route after he was mistaken for an avid fan for not wearing his player credentials, which players had to show.

Tyler Matzek of the Atlanta Braves with the Commissioner's Trophy during the World Series celebration at Truist Park November 5, 2021 in Atlanta.

Tyler Matzek of the Atlanta Braves with the Commissioner’s Trophy during the World Series celebration at Truist Park November 5, 2021 in Atlanta.
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“We were adamantly told that no one was allowed on foot, that everyone had to stay on the vehicles. Keep everyone off the parade route, so there was a conscious effort to try and make sure everything went smoothly,” McPhilamy said. .

“Apparently one player didn’t get that memo,” he said with a chuckle, referring to Matzek.

McPhilamy told Fox News that the officer who had seen Matzek had just escorted an “intoxicated guy” who had gone through the barriers of the parade route when he saw the pitcher and mistook him for another fan.

“There was no attempted arrest. We didn’t want to arrest anyone,” McPhilamy said. “Honestly, we were outnumbered by the thousands. We were just trying to keep the peace. You just have this incredible series of embarrassing moments for the player and the officer.”

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McPhilamy said Matzek reached into his pocket to show his credentials and apologized for the confusion. Then he was on his way back to the party.

McPhilamy also noted that no arrests were made during the parade, but many guests had to be escorted off the parade route.

Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after their World Series parade at Truist Park on November 5, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in six games against the Houston Astros to capture their first championship since 1995. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

Members of the Atlanta Braves celebrate after their World Series parade at Truist Park on November 5, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in six games against the Houston Astros to capture their first championship since 1995. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

For the first time since 1995, the Braves won the World Series with a 7-0 Game 6 rout against the Houston Astros. The Braves won the series 4-2. Matzek struckout four batters in Game 6, then skipped the ball to Will Smith to end the game

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