Though he slowed his pursuit from left field, d'Arnaud still ended up momentarily face-to-face with the fan. Everything about the play seemed rather innocent until some media outlets and fans on social media noticed that it appeared d'Arnaud kissed the bearded fan on the left cheek.
d'Arnaud simply remembers that his momentum carried him to the point where his face just happened to make contact with the man's beard.
"I really didn't think anything about it until I got home and got messages from friends who were laughing about it," d'Arnaud said with a smile. "I got some messages from some women on social media who said things like, 'Can you save a kiss for me?'
"I really wasn't trying to do anything but go after the ball. and then all of a sudden, I remember feeling the bushy beard. But when you slow the video down, I do see how it looks like I [kissed] the guy on the cheek. It's all in good fun, but I really wasn't trying to do anything there."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.