Dodgers troll Nolan Arenado after Justin Turner diving play
By Adam Weinrib
Oooh, well, what do we have here? A Dodgers icon robbing a man who could’ve been a Dodgers icon if the chips had fallen a little differently, but instead is currently scuffling towards the middle of the Wild Card picture in St. Louis?
Yes. That is exactly what we have here.
“Nolan Arenado: Los Angeles Dodgers super fan” is a tale as old as time, and all indications were the Southern California native would’ve loved his former team, the division rival Colorado Rockies, to direct all potential trade proceedings through Andrew Friedman. That was…never gonna happen, though. The Rox were already on the verge of being flat-out embarrassed by their superstar’s demands, and the literal last thing they wanted to do was kindly hand him over to the annual NL West champions.
Arenado went to the Cardinals for a king’s ransom (if that king was some sort of complete fool), Los Angeles brought Justin Turner back (and eventually added Trea Turner, too, to solidify the infield picture), and both sides sort of forgot about the conversation.
Until now, when a prime opportunity for trolling arose during the Cards-Dodgers rubber match on Thursday afternoon.
Turner, the 36-year-old vet who can still pick it at the hot corner, gave Arenado a taste of his own medicine, and left LA’s Twitter account in a tizzy.
The Dodgers’ Twitter account trolled Nolan Arenado Thursday.
How you like them apples?
In case you’re unfamiliar, and have blessedly avoided all Rockies/Cardinals social content these past several years, #NolanBeingNolan is the preeminent hashtag that’s used whenever Arenado does something otherworldly at third.
That happens often. He’s quite good.
When Arenado was surrendered to the Cards instead of the Dodgers, the Rockies passed over the hashtag officially — though we’re not sure if that was an amicable trade. Maybe it was wrestled away? Regardless, the Cardinals have been using it quite liberally this season, too. It was only fitting that, when JT pulled off a thievery of his own, the Dodgers twisted it. Fair use.
So…when is Arenado’s contract up again? Unfortunately, not until the end of 2027 — though he’s free to finish his career in Hollywood as a 37-year-old.
We’ll be waiting, with the hashtag.