Is geography a tough concept to grasp for midwesterners? Or is the humor out there just bad? Perhaps this is a new sociological experiment that can be explored after the Cleveland Guardians Twitter account forced us to pose these questions.
In a rematch of the 2022 ALDS, the Guards are in the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees for a three-game set. Prior to Monday's matchup, the team's official Twitter account posted Cleveland's lineup but took an obvious (and unclear) dig at the home team.
The picture of the lineup card was accompanied by the caption, "Always look forward to engaging online with baseball's happiest fan base from Queens." A member of Yankees Twitter detected that this indeed has been an ongoing bit seemingly dating back to at least 2021. How did some of us miss this?
Right over our heads, man. If it's a ploy to get Bronx natives up in arms about being associated with the wrong borough, then ... damn! Got 'em! If it's a dig to indicate Queens is the superior baseball borough in New York City then ... damn! The Yankees will never recover from this.
Guardians trolling Yankees on Twitter doesn't make a whole lot of sense
The Yankees are typically the butt end of many a joke on Twitter, solely because everybody who isn't a Yankees fan hates them. We get it. The bit is overdone, though, especially since this team has largely been a laughingstock since 2010.
For as bad as the Yankees have been (by their standards), though, we're not sure how teams like the Guardians have the gall to talk trash unprovoked. The Yankees have disposed of them in their last three postseason matchups and Cleveland hasn't won a World Series since 1948. And the Knicks just destroyed the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Just imagine if the Yankees Twitter account took a random dig at the Houston Astros. Or the Boston Red Sox. Every single hate out there would join in on the chorus to ensure the Yanks got their comeuppance for not possessing the right to dish such smack talk.
The somewhat good news, here? One of the Guardians fans in the mentions of this tweet claimed most Guardians fans "despise this bit and find it ridiculously nonsensical." Great ... but again, what is the bit?!
Seriously, we're asking for all of our friends.