Nelson Cruz put the All-Star Game on pause for a moment to take a picture with his favorite umpire

With the outcome of the MLB All Star Game no longer affecting home field advantage in the World Series, those in Miami were free for the first time in years to take the field with a playfulness more fitting of the exhibition.

The game itself was not a barn-burner by any means, but there were a few moments of levity that stood out as highlights to baseball fans showing what good the game could produce.

One such moment occurred in the sixth inning, when Mariners star Nelson Cruz took out his phone before reaching the batters box and requested a picture with veteran umpire Joe West. Cruz had hoped to take a selfie with the ump but was hindered by his batting gloves, leading catcher Yadier Molina to play the role of photographer.

West, who earlier this season became just the third umpire in league history to work 5,000 games, seems highly amused by the moment, which resulted in this quality Instagram post from Cruz.

And here it is... #ASG

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Asked after the game why he wanted a picture with Joe West, Cruz said, "Well, he's a legend, you know? I think that's the only chance you get to take a picture with Joe West."

According to the Seattle Times, Cruz and West's relationship goes back to Cruz's rookie season, where the longtime umpire was forgiving of a mental error by the young player. While sprinting for second base, Cruz stayed upright when he should have slid. He was worried he'd just made a costly baserunning error, but West called him safe.

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the first inning of the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) runs out onto the field before the start of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Opening ceremony's overview of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals and the National League jokes with Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians and the American League as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: American League All-Stars Corey Dickerson #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays, Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees are seen in the dugout before the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Brad Hand #52 of the San Diego Padres and the National League throws a pitch in the sixth inning during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts to a Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals solo home run during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals and the National League takes a photograph of Nelson Cruz #23 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League and umpire Joe West in the sixth inning during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League celebrates hitting a home run in the tenth inning against the National League during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run in the tenth inning against the National League during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Yonder Alonso #17 of the Oakland Athletics and the American League, Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League and Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians and the American League celebrate after defeating the National League 2 to 1 during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox and the American League celebrates with teammates after they defeated the National League 2 to 1 during the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League poses with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award and vice president Brian Sweeney of Chevrolet after defeating the National League 2-1 in the 88th MLB All-Star Game at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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"He said, 'Let's go rookie, next time, slide,'" Cruz recalled. "That stuck in my mind. He saved my butt calling me safe."

It's a moment Cruz still recalls fondly, and surely a reason why the picture was such an important goal of his All Star Game. You can watch video of the photo op below.

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