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Watch A-Rod celebrate after his nephew was taken by the Marlins in the 2017 Draft

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When Joe Dunand was picked 51st overall by the Marlins in the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday night, his celebration was a little different than most draftees. That's because he's Alex Rodriguez's nephew. With A-Rod along to watch the Draft (and perhaps expense the bill for any pizza and sodas to A-Rod Corp), the North Carolina State University shortstop got the noogie of all noogies from his friends and the former slugger. 

You can check out the reaction below: 

Celebrating tonight... Lil' Joe is a Marlin! @joedunand #ProudUncle #DNA #familia #305

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It's a moment that was almost destined since Dunand's birth: 

Given that Dunand and Rodriguez both call Miami home, it's fitting the shortstop was drafted by the Marlins. Though it would be foolish to predict another 600-plus home runs for the nephew of A-Rod, his swing looks geared for plenty of dingers, too. 

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