Trolling other teams and opponents is a true art. I think the New York Yankees got it this season when they dominated the troll game.
Think back to the days of old — a time in which the New York Yankees trolled Pedro Martinez by chanting “Who’s your Daddy?” during the 2004 ALCS.
But that was before the internet truly became a popular means of spreading news. Today, the trolling has become far more savage and far more entertaining, mainly, thanks to Twitter.
The Yankees took part in the trolling this season and also got slammed themselves. Hey, that’s the name of the game. But as a Yankees fan, I have to say the Yankees definitely did it best.
Let’s take a look at some of the finer moments where the Yankees trolled the heck out of their opponents and disgruntled fans. The best part? This is only the beginning of Twitter savagery in the baseball world.
"Not a home run hitter" Gary Sanchez blasts a solo shot to left! His 15th HR makes it 3-0!
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 28, 2017
Victim #1: Logan Morrison
Crime Scene: Twitter
Talk about dragging your opponents. We start this list off with a bang with the Yankees’ official Twitter account completely embarrassing Logan Morrison.
If you recall, Morrison made a comment to Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that discredited Gary Sanchez’ selection to the Home Run Derby over the Rays’ first baseman. Of course, at the time Morrison had more home runs. But he made one mistake … he doubted Gary Sanchez.
Sanchez put on a clinic and ever since then, the Yankees used his comments to continuously remind Morrison how inferior he is to Sanchez. #ThatsMyHomeRunHitter.
Ah, work day for us. Game time is 5:08pm, if you're not busy.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 17, 2017
Victim #2: Boston Red Sox
Crime Scene: Twitter (but they started it)
And they say that Yankees fans live in the past? The Boston Red Sox had to post a video from 2004 to make themselves feel better, so the Yankees got right back at them.
I guess the Yankees had extra motivation from this exchange because they staged a comeback victory against the Houston Astros to tie the series at two games apiece.
They gave the Red Sox a taste of their own medicine and showed a level of savagery we didn’t even know existed. But we’re sure glad that it does. These tweets added a whole new layer to the rivalry.
We like cupcakes. And champagne. https://t.co/P6ybRrBnkz
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 12, 2017
Victim #3: Jose Ramirez
Crime Scene: Twitter (of course)
Yes way, Jose. He did that. Jose Ramirez can’t beat Aaron Judge and he certainly can’t beat the Yankees and their social media manager.
After all, who doesn’t love some cupcakes and a little bit of trolling? Clearly, the Yankees do.
Not all tweets age as well as this one by Ramirez but thank goodness he chose to share this. I mean, he just set himself up for failure. It was so obvious yet so much fun to witness.
Yum, cupcakes and champagne.
Let's get the bats going! Toddfather's up first in the 8th.
Fight til the end. #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/5v5VJ9CrDF
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 22, 2017
Victim #4: Gary Dunaier
Crime Scene: T-shirts, on the field, off the field, pumpkins, etc.
Perhaps the biggest troll of the season came from one Mets fan and exploded into a viral sensation. Honestly, I have one of those thumbs down shirts too.
Dunaier showed his distaste for Todd Frazier’s three-run blast and the Yankees made it a thing. It turned into the rallying cry for the Yankees as they exploded into the playoffs.
This gesture started out as a mocking one but turned into one of inspiration to block out the haters. It’s a 2017 thing; teams in the future just won’t get it.
Bend the knee. ? pic.twitter.com/LjqudpzD9N
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 18, 2017
Victim #5: New York Mets
Crime Scene: Twitter and Westeros
I’m not a Game of Thrones aficionado but I have heard that the Yankees trolled the Mets with a reference from the popular show.
“Bend the knee” came into effect, as the Yankees proved themselves the “kings” of New York. After a four-game sweep of the crosstown rivals, the definitely earned that right.
So, bow down. Unless you’re Ronald Torreyes … then you can simply just stay standing.
Let’s get one thing straight … the Yankees have plenty of other trolling stories from this season. However, these ones are worth a second glance.
These may have been the trolls from this year but what about next year? And are we really more excited about the start of baseball coming up or the start of trolling season?