If baseball is America’s favorite and most popular pastime, then baseball memes have quickly become America’s favorite present-time. Anyone who spends any amount of time on social media these days will find themselves laughing hysterically at creative baseball memes.
Baseball’s history dates back much further than most people realize. While many people believe the game was invented by a man named Abner Doubleday in 1839, that story has been proven wrong on several occasions. In reality, baseball’s roots date back as far as the 18th century.
Historians believe the most direct roots of baseball come from Britain, Ireland, and other European countries. It was derived from cricket, stoolball, and rounders – three English games that were brought to the United States by early colonists. From there, the game evolved.
Ranking the Best Baseball Memes of All-Time
Today, baseball is one of the most popular sports with millions of viewers tuning in to watch their favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team on a daily basis. Not only that, but fans also have the Little League World Series and College World Series to look forward to every single year.
With that said, following the sport has changed dramatically since the 1880s. For example, people used to show up at opera houses and watch along as workers displayed pitch-by-pitch updates on the stage. Of course, this was before the invention of the radio and television.
The first televised MLB game occurred in 1939, which gave fans an entirely new way to follow the game. The internet, which was invented in the early-1980s, continued that evolution and eventually brought us social media – which is where baseball memes started to come into play.
Speaking of baseball memes, let’s take a look at some of our favorite baseball memes over the years!
20. Oh, Pete… You Never Change
Pete Rose is a former MLB player that spent 24 years in the league – mostly with the Cincinnati Reds. He’s the all-time career leader in games played, plate appearances, at-bats, and hits. He’s a former MVP, three-time World Series champion, and even won three batting titles.
While he’s widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, his legacy was tarnished when the MLB added him to the permanent ineligibility from baseball list for betting on games. Since then, he has been blackballed by the MLB and is featured on a ton of baseball memes.
19. Lucky Bat for a Happy Fan
Baseball is widely regarded as a non-contact sport, but that doesn’t mean baseball doesn’t have its dangerous moments. In fact, one of those dangerous moments was captured in this funny, yet scary meme. You get a good look at all the different facial expressions made by the fans.
Every now and then, a batter will swing hard and the bat will leave his hand as it goes flying. Sometimes it goes into the infield, while other times it goes into the stands. In this particular instance, there’s one guy in particular that got the short end of the stick – I mean bat.
18. David vs. Goliath
Baseball players come in all different shapes and sizes. Some have a nice ‘beer belly,’ while others are as skinny as a stick. Some are under six feet tall, while others are 6’6’’ and taller. This baseball meme captures this at its finest, but there’s a little catch that adds to the hilariousness.
In the meme, you would think Jose Altuve (Astros) is extremely tall and Aaron Judge (Yankees) is extremely small. In reality, Altuve is just 5’6’’ (the shortest player in the MLB) and Judge is listed at 6’7’’ (one of the taller players in the league). It’s a true David vs. Goliath moment.
17. How Could You Be Bored?
Alright, let’s address the one big elephant in the room – baseball games might seem extremely long and drawn-out. In reality, the average baseball game is a little over three hours long, which is strikingly similar to how long games take in other sports – including football and basketball.
What’s different about baseball is how slow the game moves. It’s a big reason why some people get so bored with baseball. You also have to factor in the extra innings, which can go on forever. Still, baseball games aren’t that much longer than other sports – so just sit there and enjoy it.
16. That’s My Problem
Vladimir Guerrero Sr. is a former MLB player and current Hall of Famer. He spent 16 years in the league, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels and Montreal Expos. He finished his career with 449 home runs, 1,496 RBIs, and 1,328 runs. He was a one-time MVP and nine-time All-Star.
Guerrero Sr. is one of the best power hitters the game has ever seen and while he was known for chasing bad pitches outside of the zone, he often made the most of them and hit them deep. It didn’t matter where the pitcher threw the ball, Guerrero Sr. was going to find it and hit it.
15. Yogi Never Said That
Yogi Berra is one of the greatest and most recognizable names in all of baseball. He’s a Hall of Fame catcher that spent 19 seasons in the league – 18 of which were spent with the New York Yankees. He holds the record for most World Series championships as a player with 10.
Outside of his baseball talent, Berra was widely known for his sayings – also known as ‘yogi-isms.’ One of the most popular was ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’ Unfortunately, he later admitted that he never said that quote and there are plenty others he never stated.
14. Where Did Baseball Go?
When the COVID-19 pandemic started taking over the world, sports were brought to a standstill. The 2020 baseball season, which was supposed to start on March 26th, didn’t begin until July 23rd. The season ended on September 27th after just 60 games – opposed to the normal 162.
It was a disappointing time for baseball fans, who were eager to get their MLB fix just to receive a shortened season. Unfortunately, this emotion resurfaced this offseason as the MLBPA and MLB owners negotiated a new CBA. The season was delayed, but it won’t be shortened.
13. No Strikes, Two Balls
Professional athletes are asked to perform on some of the biggest stages in the world and this is definitely true for MLB players. While that comes with a lot of praise, sometimes that attention can come at the wrong time – especially when there are cameras on you all game long.
That’s what happened in this picture. The pitcher was likely rearranging his underwear in-between pitches. To most people, this is a normal thing that happens often. Of course, most people aren’t caught doing it on national television. Let’s just hope he threw some strikes after!
12. Jose vs. Donald
On November 1, 2017, the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, taking the series 4-3. While it was their first ever World Series title, they were involved in a cheating scandal for stealing signs. They weren’t forced to vacate the title.
A couple of months after winning the title, the Astros were invited to the White House to visit Donald J. Trump, as champions often do. Jose Altuve, who we already mentioned as the smallest player in the MLB, was the subject of a short joke by Trump. This was Jose’s face.
11. You’re Not a Giants’ Fan Are You?
The San Francisco Giants have quite the rivalry with the Oakland Athletics, a rivalry often known as the ‘Battle of the Bays’ (both being located in the Bay Area). With that said, it’s no surprise that Oakland fans don’t really like San Francisco fans – and vice versa, of course.
One Athletics’ fan suggested that the ‘SF’ in the Giants’ logo doesn’t actually stand for ‘San Francisco.’ Instead, the two letters stand for ‘Stupid Fans,’ which is how most Oakland fans feel about Giants’ fans. Let’s be honest, rivalries are one of the greatest things to happen to baseball.
10. Grab the Pitching Wedge
We already touched base on the fact that professional athletes have cameras on them at all times, much like most celebrities. We saw the pitcher fixing his private area during a game, but now we have a pitcher going around the back to fix a wedgie – something we’re all familiar with.
What makes this meme even better is the golf analogy. It’s a pitcher with a wedgie, which calls for a – you guessed it – pitching wedge. I think we can all agree that he felt extremely relieved after fixing his wedgie. It’s a feeling we all know too well – though this was on national television.
9. Barry Bonds’ Legacy
Barry Bonds is one of the game’s greatest players of all-time – certainly the greatest power hitter. Unfortunately, his legacy came under scrutiny when he was involved in a steroids scandal. It ultimately led to him not making the Hall of Fame in his 10 years of eligibility.
To some people, Bonds’ use of steroids is enough to tarnish his legacy in the sport. To others, they simply can’t overlook his incredible stats over his 22-year career. He has the most home runs (762) in MLB history, as well as the most walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688).
8. Dingers! Dingers!
In what might be one of The Simpsons’ funniest episodes, Bart Simpson starts taking a behavior drug at the recommendation of his principal, who was tired of Bart’s pranks and even threatened to expel him. Bart starts taking the medication and he finally starts focusing more on school.
The more he takes it, though, the more paranoid he becomes. He believes in a conspiracy theory that the MLB is spying on his home town. He steals a tank, shoots down the MLB satellite, and asks Mark McGwire to explain himself. Instead, McGwire distracts them by hitting home runs before running off with the evidence.
7. The Astros Are Always Stealing Signs
We’ve already talked about the Houston Astros and their cheating scandal, but let’s talk about it again because it was so devastating to the integrity of the game. For those that don’t remember, the Astros were using hidden cameras to steal signs in hopes of hitting and pitching better.
The scandal has stuck with the Houston Astros ever since. The entire MLB – including other players, coaches, front office members, and fans – lost respect for the team and those that were involved. To be honest, it’s something that Houston will have to live with forever.
6. Is Practice Canceled? No….
Have you ever played baseball in Little League, middle school, or high school? What about college or even the big leagues? If you have, then you understand this meme to the fullest because most coaches don’t care how much rain there is – the team is going to practice.
There’s no such thing as a rain delay or day off due to rain when you’re a baseball coach, at least not for practices. Coaches view every opportunity as an opportunity to improve, even if the entire field is flooded. They might think differently if they had to play in those weather conditions.
5. Where Did Jason Bay’s Power Go?
Jason Bay made his MLB debut in 2003 for the San Diego Padres, but only played three games before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After hitting four home runs that season, he began his rookie year in 2004 and hit 26 home runs for Pittsburgh. He won NL Rookie of the Year.
Over the next five seasons, Bay hit a total of 155 home runs for the Pirates and Boston Red Sox as he established himself as one of the best outfielders in the league. He signed a massive contract with the Mets in 2010, but only hit 37 home runs as he lost his power over the next four years.
Speaking of massive contracts, Bryce Harper made history in the 2018-19 offseason when he signed the richest contract in MLB history (which has since been passed by Mike Trout). Harper signed with the Phillies in hopes of winning a title, something he didn’t do with the Nationals.
During the 2019 season, Harper hit 35 home runs. Unfortunately, the Phillies finished the year 81-81 and failed to make the postseason. Meanwhile, Harper’s former team (Nationals) finished the year 93-69. They made the playoffs as a wild card and went on to win their first World Series.
3. She’s Too Old for You, Bro!
The Chicago Cubs adopted their current name in 1903 after five seasons as the Chicago Orphans. By 1906, they appeared in their first World Series since the name change. In 1907 and 1908, they won their first two World Series championships, doing so in back-to-back seasons.
Between 1908 and 2015, they made seven World Series appearances, but lost all of them. At the time this meme was created, it was true – she’s too old for you if she was around in 1908. Of course, the Cubs won the World Series in 2016, so this meme should say ‘too young’ now.
2. But I Gave Them Baseball!
Since the late 1880s, the world has been blessed with the wonderful sport of baseball. It brings joy and entertainment to millions of people around the world – especially in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Those three countries make up nearly 90% of all players.
It doesn’t matter how popular baseball gets, it’ll likely never surpass the most popular sport in the world – soccer. The two sports are often compared because of their low-scoring affairs and slow tempo throughout the game. But let’s be honest here, baseball is far better than soccer.
1. Upton Here, Upton Here
When I think of baseball memes, this is easily the first one that comes to mind because it’s often the funniest and most random. First, let’s take it back to 1999 when DMX released his popular song ‘Party Up,’ where he says – “Y’all gonna make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here.”
Now let’s take it to the 2013 season when brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton joined forces with the Atlanta Braves. They played together on the Braves for two seasons, and then on the Padres for one season. There’s just something about this meme that makes me smile everytime.
Expect Plenty More Baseball Memes This Season!
There was a shadow of doubt surrounding the 2022 MLB season as the MLBPA and the owners negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement. The commissioner originally canceled the first two series of the regular season, but the two sides eventually came to an agreement.
While the season has been delayed, the MLB is all set for a full, 162-game season. This is exciting for several reasons. First, we didn’t know if there would be a full season to begin with. Second, the season was only delayed for a couple of weeks and we still get Spring Training.
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Of course, that also means we get to laugh at all the hilarious baseball memes that come as a result of the season. With 162 games, there are plenty of moments and incidents that will warrant the creation of a meme. Once created, they’ll be shared and enjoyed by millions.
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