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Joc Pederson plays it coy when asked about his ‘Pay me’ gesture

Joc Pederson wouldn’t divulge to reporters the meaning behind his “Pay me!” gesture during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series.

The Dodgers outfielder hit a huge home run off Astros reliever Joe Musgrove during bottom of the seventh inning to stake the team a more comfortable 3-1 lead. As he approached first base, a jubilant Pederson hopped up and down before turning to the Dodgers dugout to say something along the lines of “Pay me my money!”

When asked about the emphatic gesture after the victory that staved off elimination, Pederson wouldn’t reveal the nature of his joyful outburst.

“Emotions run high,” Pederson said, via Deadspin. “You kind of black out in a situation like that, so I’m gonna have to re-watch it to see what I did.”

One has to assume Pederson had some kind of side bet of some nature with a teammate over the at-bat. Pederson presumably was the big winner of the wager in light of his clutch homer. But with whom was the bet made? Pederson won’t say.

The emotion routinely displayed by Pederson is infectious and clearly serves as inspiration for his teammates. His magnificent celebration during Game 6 will be remembered as one of the best moments from the 2017 World Series, especially if the Dodgers can pull off a victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.