Over the weekend, former Los Angeles Dodger Joc Pederson was slapped across the face “Will Smith-style” by Reds outfielder Tommy Pham during the San Francisco Giants’ road trip in Cincinnati. Wow. Hot button issue. Must’ve been something serious, right?
Nope, not at all! Pham was said to be upset with Pederson’s decision to use the “IR designation” in their fantasy football league. Pederson detailed the situation at great length when talking to reporters over the last few days.
All in all, it was absolutely nothing of significance, and clearly Pham was acting irrationally with his ridiculous outburst, which landed him a three-game suspension.
However … HOWEVER! That wasn’t even the best part! This story has Dodgers ties, and LA fans are going to make it a point to give Pederson a standing ovation every time he’s back at Chavez Ravine.
While all of this was being reported, Pham spoke and revealed Pederson had said something “disrespectful” about the outfielder’s former team, the San Diego Padres — a team that Pham is no longer a part of. In fact, a team that let him go in free agency because he was so bad … AND because he wanted more money than what Pederson got from the Giants.
This is gut-wrenchingly hilarious. Pederson to the Hall of Fame, Pham out of MLB. That’s just how this works.
Former Dodgers OF Joc Pederson owned former Padre Tommy Pham
That “disrespectful” thing that was said about the Padres, too? It was a GIF to a group chat laughing about San Diego’s epic second-half collapse that saw them completely crater and finish under .500 despite being deemed a World Series contender.
Here’s the GIF in question, and it’s a good one:
Both players are now on different teams, in different divisions, and couldn’t be trending in more different directions. The fact that Pham held onto such anger over a fantasy football transaction (the fantasy football season ended in December??) and waited to address that, as well as a playful shot at his former team that didn’t even want him anymore is … certainly a choice.
Joc Pederson’s spot-on joke is the reason why the Padres will always be the Dodgers’ little brother — and why players like Tommy Pham are the ones coming and going in San Diego and not Los Angeles.