If you’re reading this, you’ve probably asked the very question above: Joc Pederson, the outfielder for the Atlanta Braves — who are playing in the 2021 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers — has started wearing a pearl necklace during games.
So: What’s the deal?
The answer isn’t completely certain, and Pederson has been asked about it a lot and has given various replies. But it’s an awesome quirk that could now be a good luck charm (you know how superstitious baseball players can be). The lefty hit a dinger in the series against the Milwaukee Brewers last week with the pearls on.
Let’s track this and the various answers:
Let's go back to Sept. 29
There he was in an at-bat against the Philadelphia Phillies, wearing the pearls. Social media started buzzing.
Joc Pederson is up to bat wearing a pearl necklace. pic.twitter.com/BlhVvMLW2q
— Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) September 30, 2021
""Pearls are always appropriate."
– Jackie Kennedy"
– Joc Pederson pic.twitter.com/S81U7Cjhsq
— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) September 30, 2021
The first answer
When asked about it, he said it was a “mystery.”
Joc Pederson says him wearing pearls is a mystery. pic.twitter.com/0PjBheK6l6
— Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) October 1, 2021
A couple of days later, he said there was no origin story to share, but he said he was “a bad [expletive].”
More answers on them
On Oct. 3, via MLB.com:
“There’s not much behind [the pearl necklace],” Pederson said. “I like it. It looks good.” …
“It wasn’t something that was supposed to get this much media attention,” Pederson said. “It’s just something that I like. It’s getting blown way out of proportion.”
It's truly become a thing
It’s gotta be the pearls. 🔥😂
— theScore (@theScore) October 8, 2021
He tweeted this on Oct. 11:
pearl JAM pic.twitter.com/nIYs9K4GrH
— Joc Pederson (@yungjoc650) October 11, 2021
And his former Dodgers teammates are asking about it:
Justin Turner said him and some other players facetimed Joc Pederson the other day
He said they asked him about the pearl necklace
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) October 15, 2021
But where did he get them?
Now THAT we have an answer to:
Joc Pederson on the origin of the pearls: I saw some and thought they looked cooler than the black or gold chains, so I texted my jeweler, got some, and it kind of took off.
— Kelly Price (@thekellyprice) October 11, 2021
And now, there’s “Pearl Pandemonium,” per WSBTV:
— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) October 12, 2021
Source : https://ftw.usatoday.com/lists/braves-joc-pederson-pearl-necklace-why866