Be careful who you talk smack on ... because you never know when you're going to run into them! Then again, who's even thinking about that when they're 17 years old? New San Diego Padres top prospect Drew Thorpe probably had no idea his critical Los Angeles Dodgers take would eventually come full circle.
Thorpe was just traded to the Pads in Juan Soto deal with the Yankees. New York's former No. 4 prospect was among the headliners (along with Michael King) as his minor-league ascension caught the eye of many scouts, evaluators and publications.
Initially, reports suggested the Yankees were hesitant about including him, but the 23-year-old is now smack dab in the NL West, with his new biggest rival a team he previously talked trash on when he was in high school.
Twitter always has the receipts, Drew! Back in 2018, Thorpe responded to a tweet on a thread of an MLB posting that asked if the Atlanta Braves were the favorites to win the NL heading into the 2019 season.
Someone replied to MLB's tweet saying, "Cmon you know the Dodgers run the NL," and Thorpe wasted no time getting involved and adding, "can't win a world series though." At the time, he wasn't wrong, but then the Dodgers captured a ring in 2020.
New Padres' top prospect from Juan Soto trade has history of roasting Dodgers
And now they have Shohei Ohtani, which means Thorpe's MLB debut has a chance of coming against what could be the best lineup of all time. And, assuming LA can get their hands on some pitching, their chances of winning a World Series may never be better.
Thorpe. however, doesn't seem like he randomly busted out criticism of the Dodgers for a cheap laugh. The 23-year-old went to college at Cal Poly in San Lis Obispo, so it seems he has some familiarity with the NL West. It's unclear who his team was growing up because he was born and raised in Utah.
Nonetheless, the 2023 Minor League Pitching Prospect of the Year better hope his impressive five-pitch mix is enough to stymie the Dodgers' offense when the time comes, because you know LA fans will be using this as fuel.
That said, based on the above clip, Thorpe seems to be a bit of a goof, so his previous online discourse may have just been all in good fun to get a rise out of opposing fans.
Hope he's got that same attitude when the Dodgers offense gives him a warm welcome to The Show he'll never forget.