Whether or not you're satisfied with the winner of the 2017 World Series, you have to admit that some people trash talked one team or the other in the form of memes. Yes, memes. There were two talented teams—the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, who won a championship for the first time in their franchise's 52 year history and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a great run in the MLB postseason but got blown out 5-1 in a do-or-die Game 7. The "Houston Strong" mantra rang true after the Astros' first World Series win and Houston natives had something to cheer for after Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of the fourth most populous city in the United States.
The 2017 MLB Postseason is over, but the latest memes aren't going to stop popping up on social media anytime soon. From the atypical Clayton Kershaw hate from anyone not a Dodgers fan to the unusual spouts on the Astros, we're sure you're going to be entertained by this list. You don't have to be a fan of either team or even a baseball fan in general. Baseball is America's pastime and while the league's television ratings may have declined this season, social media has given regular fans—and sometimes even media members—a voice to poke fun at sports and let loose a little bit. Basically, social media can make a variety of topics more exciting to the average person.
Here's a list of 15 recent MLB memes that are savage.
15 The Kershaw Hate Never Ends
Like the title says, the (Clayton) Kershaw hate never ends.
Don't get us wrong, Kershaw is a tremendous starter who became the first pitcher in MLB history to lead the league for four consecutive years from the 2011 to 2014 seasons. As a left-handed pitcher for the Dodgers, he's often compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
In the NLDS, Kershaw allowed four solo home runs in 6 1⁄3 innings, but still picked up the win. In the NLCS, he made two starts against the 2016 champion Chicago Cubs, both of which were Dodgers wins. He appeared in the 2017 World Series. He started in the first game against the Astros, striking out 11 batters without walking anyone and allowed just one run on three hits for the win. His 11 strikeouts were the third most ever by a Dodgers pitcher in a World Series game, trailing Sandy Koufax (15 in 1963) and Carl Erskine (14 in 1953).
After Game 7, Carlos Correa proposed to his former Miss Texas girlfriend, Daniella Rodriguez, so she got a ring before Kershaw did. Sorry, not sorry.
14 Seinfeld Reference
First off, let's thank Twitter user Tony Hogan (@tony_hogan) for this gem of a meme. He captioned the photo collage of Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck and Seinfeld's George Costanza (played by actor and director Jason Alexander) with "Has anyone noticed Joe Buck has lady glasses like George had on Seinfeld?? ? @Seinfeld2000 @SeinfeldTV @JerrySeinfeld"
We don't know how many people noticed Buck wore women's glasses that were quite similar to the ones George wore in an episode of Seinfeld, but we're guessing not many people before Hogan tweeted the hysterical photo collage on Twitter. There's nothing actually wrong with men who wear women's glasses, but it's still kind of weird to the conservative folks out there.
Now you'll likely never think about this pair of glasses in the same way again. And if you've never seen George wear these glasses on prime time television before...well, you're just too young.
13 The "W" In Washington
We all know the Washington Nationals have a tendency to choke, but here's something that you might not have known before seeing this mind-blowing meme: The "W" in Washington could be the first letter of a sentence, especially a sentence that reads "We've never won a playoff series."
The poor Nats have lost four playoff series (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) since their move to Washington, D.C. Before the Nats era, they lost one postseason series in 1981 as the Montreal Expos from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They were a really bad team back then and they're still a bad team (or at least they're often affected by bad luck). Maybe that bad luck is a Washington-based team thing because the Redskins, Wizards (formerly Bullets) and Capitals are in similar situations when it comes to receiving early exits in postseason appearances. We know one thing though-at least fans of those teams are loyal.
12 The "C" In Cleveland
According to @BaseballTwitter, the Cleveland Indians changed their logo...and mantra. The "C" in Cleveland is the first letter of the sentence: "Chokes away two game leads."
Since 2011, the Tribe have fared well in the Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona era. In 2012, they broke the MLB Opening Day attendance record against the Toronto Blue Jays with 43,190 fans at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland. In 2016, they returned to the MLB playoffs for the first time since 2013. They swept the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, defeated the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS and sealed a trip to the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cubs, which disappointed a lot of their fans.
In 2017, the Tribe blew another lead in the postseason as they lost to the New York Yankees in the ALDS after taking a 2-0 series lead.
11 Darvish's Game 7 Struggles
There was much debate as to who should have started for the Dodgers in Game 7 against Houston. After having some shaky postseason outings, including Game 3 of the World Series, many questioned manager Dave Roberts' decision to start Yu Darvish in Game 7, rather than start Kershaw on two days rest. The questions were quickly answered in Game 7, as Darvish allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings, bringing his World Series ERA to 21.60. Brandon Morrow got the final out of the second inning and Kershaw came in and quieted things down, pitching four scoreless innings in relief. While Kershaw may not have been able to go much further had he started the game, it's unlikely he would have put the Dodgers in a 5-0 hole so early on. The team now has a full offseason of what if.
10 Sums It All Up
Not exactly a meme, but David Robertson's reaction in this picture posted my MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) can definitely be used in a meme if it hasn't already been modified.
In the 2017 AL Wild Card Game, Robertson picked up a win after allowing no runs and setting career-high numbers in innings pitched (3 1⁄3) and pitches thrown (52). Didi Gregorious, Brent Garner and Aaron Judge scored the prominent runs in the ballgame. A two-out bases-loaded walk to Aaron Hicks extended the Yankees' lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Aroldis Chapman came in the ninth inning to close out the game for an 8-4 win.
There's nothing like the good feeling you get when your team advances in a postseason. Robertson felt more than just a good feeling though. He appeared to be so shocked that he also grabbed himself down there. We don't know if he knows about this photo, but if he does, hopefully he can laugh at himself.
9 Will The Montreal Expos Come Back?
MLB Memes not only shares hilarious baseball memes, they also ask questions to their followers. They likely don't have the time to respond to all of their followers, but here's a funny response from a follower.
MLB Memes quoted an article from 12up.com titled "MLB Rejects Montreal's Offer to Host Yankees-Rays Series" with a simple question: "Was this the right decision?" Obviously, this is a debatable topic, but a Twitter follower with the name The Resistant Goof™ (@MetsFanInPhilly) responded with: "they'll have baseball soon!" and included a picture of the defunct Montreal Expos' logo in New York Mets colors.
There's one thing to answer with a "yes" or a "no" but The Resistant Goof™ was savage in his response. The Mets are 14th in 2017 MLB attendance, but with the way they've been playing lately, they might not last as an expansion team for much longer. But we'll see what happens next year.
8 Reality Check For Yankees Fans
The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry is one of the biggest rivalries in all of professional sports and Boston fans never hold back in calling out New York fans—especially this Twitter user who goes by the name of Boston John Mlynczak (@DaBrashBasher).
Mlynczak wrote: "While I'm at it I might as well go ahead and hit #Yankees fans with a reality #meme too.? #BJMoriginal #RedSoxNation #MLB #ESPN #ESPN2" and included exactly what he said...a reality meme. He's right though. Chances are, the majority of Yankees fans haven't seen all nine of those World Series titles—unless if they're older than 56 years old. There's no point in bragging in how many rings your team has won, especially if you've only seen one or two of them.
The point is, no one really cares about the nine titles the Yankees won since the 1960 mark. It's certainly more important to focus on the present, not the past.
7 Possible Tears From Red Sox Fans
This year, the Boston Red Sox played their 117th MLB season and their 106th at Fenway Park. Just like the 2016 season, the Red Sox finished with a 93-69 record and were two games ahead of the second place Yankees. It was also their first season in 15 years without David Ortiz, who retired after the 2016 season.
The Red Sox won their second straight American League East Championship. This was the first time they won the division for two years in a row. This was also their ninth division title overall. However, they were eliminated by the Houston Astros in four games in the 2017 ALDS.
On the same day the Red Sox were out of playoff contention, MLB Memes didn't fail to disappoint us. They tweeted a meme of a Red Sox game going through a rain delay and captioned it with "Not sure if rain or Red Sox fans tears." Ouch!
6 Poor Joe
Being the manager for the New York Yankees comes with the most pressure in all of baseball. Joe Girardi managed the Yankees for 10 seasons and brought them their 27th World Series championship in 2009. He then managed a young team that had a breakout year in 2017, which many considered well ahead of schedule. However, the Yankees didn't see it that way and chose to fire Girardi after the team's seven game loss to Houston in the ALCS.
GM Brian Cashman explained the move recently, saying: "I made the recommendation based on over a number of years now, some experiences that I was able to validate — whether it was directly or indirectly — about the connectivity and the communication level of the players in the clubhouse.”
Well, George Costanza once provided tips to Yankees batters in an old episode of Seinfeld. Perhaps Cashman wants a manager who can convey to the players that to hit, you have to calculate the velocity ‘V’ in relation to the trajectory ‘T’ in which ‘G’ gravity, of course, remains a constant.
5 No Free Tacos?
Pitcher Luis Avilan wears the No. 44 for the Dodgers. He's far from a household name for the defending National League Champions, but he ought to be recognized for his reactions during the 2017 World Series.
MLB Memes had a little too much fun with Avilan's reactions as they put together a college of four photos and wrote "Game 2 And Still No Free Tacos." It's pretty funny, but we're sure the majority of us felt the same way at home because we also wanted those tree Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell. Doritos Locos Tacos may not be the most delicious (or legit) tacos in the world, but they're still free tacos. The handing out of free tacos was eventually confirmed when D-backs outfielder Cameron Maybin stole a base during Game 2 of the World Series. Everyone got their tacos on November 1, 2017. But still, this is a savage meme that we'll never forget.
4 Buck's Love Affair With Kershaw Remains Relevant
Once again, we have to bring up Joe Buck and Clayton Kershaw. This time, we're going to briefly break down Buck's so-called love affair with Kershaw, which remains relevant on #BaseballTwitter. And this love affair has produced this great photo of Buck as the bride and Kershaw as the groom.
According to WGN-TV weather anchor Paul Konrad, the couple were registered at the Crafty Beaver Home Centers in Chicago. He added " Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers in #Chicago tonight. #FlyTheW #NLCS." Sure, the Dodgers came back with a vengeance this year after being eliminated by the Cubs last year, but this meme is apparently still relevant because Buck talked too much about Kershaw in the NLCS.
Buck has responded to the alleged claims, telling CBS Chicago, "It’s kind of ironic that I would get trouble for being too anti-Cubs when really the logical ending to this is Emmys for all if the Cubs celebrate their first world championship since 1908...But you can’t do it that way. You have to talk about both sides.'"
3 A New Twitter Sensation Was Born
This year, #BaseballTwitter went berserk when a new Twitter sensation was born during a Cardinals game on September 25, 2017. Andrew Gudermuth lost his nachos at the Cards game. It all happened when the foul ball off Jedd Gyorko’s bat came toward Gudermuth's front row seats down Busch Stadium’s left field line.
"Out of nowhere,” Gudermuth recalled to 102.5 KEZK. “(Addison) Russell comes in, dives over the wall and actually takes my girlfriend out and actually pushes her back into her chair. He slid over my nephew’s back in the process."
A while later, the Cards gave Gudermuth and his girlfriend a tray of loaded nachos along with new shirts from the Cardinals Team Store. Some fans also bought the couple Italian shaved ice and asked for autographs.
A little while later, Russell came out of the dugout and presented him an order of plain nachos. Gudermuth then tweeted, "@cardinals thanks for the loaded nachos @cubs thanks for the plain nachos. Thank you cubs and cards. Unforgettable. #nachoman"
Within an hour, Gudermuth received 7,600 likes and 3,000 retweets on his viral tweet.
But that’s not all. He also caught three foul balls throughout the ballgame and gave one to a young Cards fan. And all this happened at the first game Gudermuth was able to attend during the 2017 MLB season. He explained to 102.5 KZEK, saying, "We couldn’t go last year because my mom was going through chemo.” His grandfather bought them the front row seats. “My grandpa surprised us with them. He knew we really wanted to go a Cardinal game so he bought us tickets and everything. We didn’t expect any of that to happen.”
2 No More Postseason Kershaw
This meme isn't totally savage because the rest in peace memes have been around for at least the last couple of years, but this year, Clayton Kershaw proved us all wrong. The Dodgers ace didn't win a World Series with his team, but he did put an end to the postseason Kershaw memes floating around the internet. Well, at least for now.
Kershaw was the starting pitcher for Game 1 of the 2017 World Series against the Astros. He struck out 11 batters in the ballgame without walking anyone and allowed just one run (a solo homer) on three hits to earn a win. He also picked the wins for two games in the 2017 NLCS against the Cubs and one game in the opener of the 2017 NLDS against the D-backs.
While Kershaw ended an influx of postseason memes, he remained somber after the Dodgers' Game 7 loss to the Astros in the World Series. Kershaw told CBS Sports, "Maybe one of these days I won't fail, we won't fail and we'll win one of these things...There's only one team that can succeed. There's only one team that wins the last game, so that's tough."
1 Coincidence? I Think Not!
Remember when Sports Illustrated called the 2017 World Series...three years ago?
In case you all forgot, the well-known magazine anointed the Houston Astros as your 2017 World Series champs in June 2014. It was more of a bold prediction than anything else. We don't think many people, other than Astros fans, absorbed what the three-year-old cover said at the time.
"We settled on 2017 because the Astros' young nucleus would by then be reaching its prime," Sports Illustrated reporter Ben Reiter told CNN. "It was certainly a long shot, but so is everything in baseball."
The readers probably thought the Sports Illustrated staff was crazy because the Astros were dead last and the worst team in baseball in 2014. Maybe this accurate prediction will break the infamous SI cover jinx that usually causes athletes and teams to teeter after appearing on one of its covers. Maybe they also can predict the winner of the 2020 presidential election.