The MLB playoffs have been exciting so far, but the most entertainment has come from trolling on Twitter between teams.
You thought baseball was boring? If you’ve taken a look at Twitter recently, you’ll realize that it is anything but.
With the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles using the social media platform to taunt their opponents, Twitter-trolling has taken center stage in the midst of what has, so far, been a great postseason.
Earlier yesterday, the Indians used Twitter to provide a snarky response to Jose Bautista’s complaint of bad umpiring, resulting in their two losses against the Indians. Their brilliant response to his comments can be seen below.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 16, 2016
While watching these teams go back and forth online, it gives the playoffs more excitement. It shows that even though teams consistently show professionalism, rivalries are still alive and well. And as fans, that’s exactly what we want to see.
Trolling on Twitter between playoff teams also shows that it’s okay to have some fun at another’s expense, as long as they can take what they dish. Once the game starts, no more jokes. With four teams remaining, the competition is fierce on the field. However, it doesn’t mean that poking fun isn’t allowed online.
The truth is, we are all fans. We have all gotten a chuckle over an opponent’s comments or peculiar actions on the field at one time or another. While the sport can be seen as “too serious,” the tension of the playoffs is easily lifted by this creative (and overall hilarious) taunting.
Remember New York Yankees fans chanting “Who’s Your Daddy?” to Pedro Martinez? Fans are known to tease opposing players, but this season is the first time teams have used social media to troll each other. Honestly, it provides entertainment for all fans.
Now, there are trolls that go too far, but the light-hearted trolling by the Indians is just a sign of a trend we’ll see in the future.
It’s all fun and games until your own team gets trolled, but for now, we can all just enjoy the ride and continue getting laughs for the rest of the playoffs. Once your team is on the hot seat, all you can do is take it with a grain of salt and laugh because the joke is either 100% accurate or completely false.
If there is anything we’ve learned from Twitter-trolling this postseason, it’s that no matter what, you can always blame the circumstances. That, and that this particular trend will become more and more popular, and hilarious.