The Pirates and Giants will square off in the second game of a three-game set Saturday night in San Francisco. There’s more at stake than wins and losses for the starting pitchers.
You see, Pittsburgh’s Tyler Beede and San Francisco’s Logan Webb are thick as thieves, so much so that Beede officiated Webb’s wedding. Really.
Former teammates facing each other is nothing new. But a wedding officiant taking on the groom? Well, that will get people talking.
Tyler Beede officiated Logan Webb’s wedding. The two will face off in tomorrow’s pitching matchup. https://t.co/JQretdvk6K
— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) August 13, 2022
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In baseball terms, Beede and Webb go way back. They were each selected in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Giants — Beede was a first-round pick while Webb went in the fourth round.
For the better part of eight seasons, they were teammates. They made their MLB debuts with the Giants in 2018 and 2019, respectively, developing a friendship in the process.
That friendship had its perks. Beede developed a penchant for officiating weddings. He filled the role faithfully at fellow ex-teammate Tyler Rogers’ wedding in 2020.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Rogers!
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) November 15, 2020
Beede did such a standout job at Rogers’ wedding that Webb enlisted his services, too.
“Five minutes before the ceremony, Tyler said to us, ‘Why don’t you say your vows in front of everybody?’” I was super nervous about it, but a couple cocktails beforehand probably helped a little bit. I’m so glad we did it,” Webb wrote in a blog post for the Giants’ Medium page.
it looks like Tyler Beede officiated Logan Webb’s wedding and I think that’s so cool pic.twitter.com/t3yszBRypI
— Luke Vaughan (@bayarealuke) December 6, 2021
(That’s Beede in the background, in case you were wondering)
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Beede was waived by the Giants in May. The Pirates claimed him. He has proceeded to be very effective for Pittsburgh, posting a 3.28 ERA mostly in relief.
Webb, meanwhile, is an ace. He has a 3.17 ERA in 23 starts and has been one of the bright spots in a less-than-stellar San Francisco season.
The two friends get a chance to reunite under the glow of the Oracle Park floodlights. Regardless of what happens, it should be a spectacle, one rooted in love and faith . . . and strikeouts.