Pirates deliver massive pile of trolls after sweeping Dodgers

Adam Weinrib
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Catcher Tyler Heineman #54 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tags out Gavin Lux #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers trying to score on a fly out by Trea Turner for the last out of the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Catcher Tyler Heineman #54 of the Pittsburgh Pirates tags out Gavin Lux #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers trying to score on a fly out by Trea Turner for the last out of the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Typically, unexpected victories are fertile ground for trolling. Stack three unexpected victories in a row in the form of a sweep, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were surely prepared to take their medicine at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the aftermath.

Not sure they expected to take quite this much heat, though, which manifested itself in multiple forms on Wednesday night and Thursday. Perhaps the Pirates are finding their stride. Perhaps the Dodgers just had an “off” series before a much-anticipated showdown with the Mets. Either way … the Pirates’ social team was extremely prepared for this moment after two months of disappointment.

After closing the three-game set with a comfortable 8-4 win, the Pirates logged onto Twitter dot com to wreak havoc, running their record to 22-27 and their trolling record to 1-1,607 (typically, they’re on the other end of these Troll Swarms).

First, Pittsburgh curiously came for MLB’s power rankings, which predictably slotted the Dodgers into the top spot earlier this week yet again. Not sure what the Buccos were trying to accomplish here (get vaulted to the top of the list?), but this was their initial impulse.

Pirates trolled the ever-loving heck out of the Dodgers after three-game sweep

A curious first stop on the Troll Train, but an effective message nonetheless. If you handle the business, you get to do the talking.

Things got more ruthless on Thursday morning, though, when the Pirates released a carefully-crafted montage of the Dodgers’ failures (coupled with their successes), all set off by a quote from LA’s broadcast about how bad teams find ways to make mistakes.

Oh yeah, they said? Bad teams are the ones who have balls clang off their gloves? Well, here’s Freddie Freeman!

Yeah, that’s really well-crafted. And it stings. You never want a team that doesn’t spend money, fronted by ownership that doesn’t care about the roster it places on the field, to get the chance to take such a fully appropriate, minute-long shot at you.

And yet … that’s what the Dodgers gave the Pirates the chance to come up with this week.

Before leaving LA, the Pirates said goodbye as rudely as they possibly could’ve.

Is this “Season Over” for the Dodgers? Absolutely nope. Things happen. Sometimes, they happen three consecutive times, even though they shouldn’t. Remember the Phillies series?

What is true, though, is that Dave Roberts’ group does have to regroup quickly. The Mets have every intention of being LOUD after this series ends, and considering that just might be a playoff preview, their potential trolls might cut a little deeper.

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