The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most prolific teams not just in MLB, but in all of American sports. For that reason, and because of the team's close proximity to Hollywood, the Dodgers are often featured in pop culture across television, movies, music, fashion -- you name it.
However, the Dodgers have not yet been featured in the biggest film franchise in the world, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (although a dystopian Citi Field has). But the Dodgers have been name-dropped in the Marvel comic books, with the most recent being completely out of left field.
In the August 2022 edition of "Iron Man (2020) #22," writer Christopher Cantwell referenced the Dodgers and detailed a roster transaction the team made that 100% flew over almost every comic book fan's head.
For every die-hard Dodgers fan that read this comic, there's no way you can convince us that you didn't spit out your coffee when you came across this line.
Dodgers' Matt Beaty trade is the most niche Marvel comic book reference, maybe ever
It's not unheard of for there to be sports references in comic books, but the inclusion of the Matt Beaty trade to the San Diego Padres has to be the most ridiculous we've ever heard. After all, Beaty wasn't even a significant player, and he didn't last very long in San Diego.
Cantwell is from Claremont, CA, and went to USC, so that probably explains why he felt the need to be this obscure.
Perhaps the most painful part of this reference is the prediction that the Dodgers are just going to "walk away" with the pennant. That's obviously not what happened as the Padres finally overcame the Dodgers and defeated them in the National League Division Series -- though it had nothing to do with Beaty.
At the end of the day, at least the Dodgers undoubtedly won the Beaty trade. Los Angeles acquired a very promising pitching prospect in River Ryan, who continues to turn heads. Beaty played only 20 games for the Padres and slashed .093/.170/163 in the process.
The veteran then signed a minor-league deal with the Kansas City Royals this offseason and has actually put together a solid Spring Training thus far. In 30 at-bats, Beaty is hitting .367 with two home runs, seven RBI and a 1.106 OPS.
Perhaps the Beaty trade is going to work out for all parties involved and will get another reference when Iron Man has to save someone in Kansas City.