As strange and awful of a place the internet can be, there are times when it simply outdoes itself. And in the case of the current Astros scandal, cyber funnies appear to be at an all-time high.
We know the story up to now in regards to the Houston mess… Allegations of cheating via cameras in centerfield along with a television and sophisticated trash can banging system allows the home team to pick up on offspeed pitches from the opposing team.
For Dodgers fans, the situation proves to be the forever un-answerable “what-if” of a lifetime. For internet trolls, it’s an opportunity to go to work. Memes make the world a better place (change my mind). And in the sports world, creatives have been exceptional when it comes to finding humorous ways to troll the Astros scandal.
The World Series MVP wikipedia page rules pic.twitter.com/aqIjCJgAzz
— Russell Steinberg (@Russ_Steinberg) November 18, 2019
Yes, the “Center Field Camera Man” is the 2017 World Series MVP for Houston. As much as 2017 still stings for many Dodgers fans, you can’t really help but chuckle.
Moreover, nicknames for the Astros have been a good source of humor and debate. “Trashtros” has been a personal favorite, but the “Houston Asterisks” may ultimately have the most staying power after all is said and done.
Another Wikipedia editor took it upon himself to help guide Commissioner Manfred.
— The Bronx Zoo (@TheBronxZooNYY) November 15, 2019
As has been highlighted all over the internet recently, internet personality “Jomboy” hasn’t necessarily been participating in the memes and funnies per se, but he’s absolutely an unlikely contributor to the cause — for both trolls, the news media, and likely even Rob Manfred.
— Jason McClure?? (@Jmcclure83) November 18, 2019
As the MLB participates in its owner’s meetings, the commissioner spoke out on the fact that he can dole “significant punishments” for the Houston ballclub — you know, do his job — but you can’t help but wonder if this had come in-season, would the news cycle have pushed it back under the rug by now?