Remember before the series began when we were forced to endure all sorts of takes about how the Giants had subtly built a sustainable contender that wasn’t smoke-and-mirrors? Well, three games later, and it’s extremely clear why one of the two teams was a projected preseason favorite and the other sort of floated in the middle of every power ranking.
And now San Fran comes to Dodger Stadium this week!
That’s nice. Real nice timing.
The Padres have gotten most of the shine lately because they created a louder rivalry, but the history of Giants-Dodgers will always be on fans’ minds when both franchises sit near the top of the NL West — and was clearly on the mind of Trevor Bauer as he shoved for 126 instigating pitches on Friday night.
Perhaps, though, you were blinded by the glint off Bauer’s sword and missed a whole weekend’s worth of great trolls?
Don’t get us wrong. Bauer being a madman is exactly what we paid him for, and it couldn’t have come on a better stage (as long as he saves that same energy for Blake Snell next time they lock horns).
There were a few other excellent moments of Dodgers domination over the orange-and-black, though, that merit discussion.
You might’ve missed these 3 Dodgers-Giants trolls.
3. Dodgers-Giants Fan Home Run Fail
If you thought the Giants ate turf on the field this weekend, then you’re going to love watching their fans come up way short in the bleachers, too.
This moment isn’t so much a troll, per se, as it is the genesis of a reaction GIF we’ll be able to use for years upon years when the Giants get theoretically close to our tailpipes before falling far short. It’s the fuel for future trolls, and it happened entirely organically.
Many thanks to former Dodgers utility man and current analyst Jerry Hairston Jr., who zeroed in on a Dodgers and Giants fan both going for the same home run ball. Guess who came up with the souvenir, and guess who spun out wildly, clattering to the cement? We’ll give you three guesses.
Sometimes, when you’re struggling to hold onto the division lead you’ve worked so hard for, that negative energy can spill over to the fans in the stands. You can feel like it’s impossible to do anything right.
And you would be right. The only thing that would’ve made this clip better is if it were Zack Hample in the Giants gear.
Shoutout to the Dodgers fan, too, who was completely unfazed by the fact that his competitor for the baseball skidded out like a driver in the pressure-filled last lap of the Daytona 500. To the victor go the spoils, all over the Bay.