They were the hugs heard around the Twitter-verse.

Except — sorry to ruin a good tweet or two — they never happened.

When 2B Ben Zobrist left Sunday's game after the third inning, there was a post on Twitter, which spread rapidly, that he was hugging teammates as he left the dugout, a sign that he had been traded. Soon several national media folks, some with more than 500,000 followers, were reporting on the hug and speculating where he was headed, with a Philadelphia writer chiming in. So, too, were some radio talkers. (The better question was why the Rays would trade him, but that seemed to be lost in the moment.)