In case you missed it, on Tuesday night the Dodgers took on the Astros in Houston and as one might have expected considering the Dodgers were cheated out of a legit chance to win the 2017 World Series thanks to the Astros’ cheating, things got a little heated.
Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly, who had double the reason to be upset with the Astros’ cheating as he was on the Red Sox team that lost in the 2017 Division Series to Houston, was the chief instigator, throwing a 96 mph fastball over the head of Alex Bregman, then later following that up by sailing a curveball over the head of Carlos Correa.
Following Correa’s at-bat in which Kelly struck him out, words were exchanged as while walking past Correa to the dugout Kelly said, “Nice swing, bitch,” and “You’ve got to cheat to hit.”
One thing then led to another and the benches ended up clearing for the knock-down, drag-out social distancing fight of the century (i.e. no one touched anyone).
After the game, Kelly broke down exactly what happened.
“It was a ball,” he told SportsNet LA. “It wasn’t my best pitch.”
"It is what it is, I walked a couple of guys and was able to get out of the inning." Hear from Joe Kelly following tonight's win over the Astros. pic.twitter.com/gS3913tkRs
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 29, 2020
Baseball fans across America were understandably overjoyed by these events with Joe Kelly being hailed as a hero for sticking it to the cheatin’ Astros.
Joe Kelly is the hero we all needed pic.twitter.com/blbUeGuOmP
— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) July 29, 2020
Naturally, because of the comical faces Kelly made to Correa as he walked to the dugout, it didn’t take the internet long to turn him into the best baseball meme of 2020.
when they tell me I can’t eat the entire pizza and then I eat the entire pizza https://t.co/D8wGPPew3g
— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) July 29, 2020
When someone whines about having to wear a mask in public pic.twitter.com/EaYi1YVrq7
— Lauren Bundy (@lbundy90) July 29, 2020
joe kelly walking back to the dugout after striking out correa pic.twitter.com/ILK6qYfoSA
— Stew (@StewStilez) July 29, 2020
Joe Kelly is what we needed during these times pic.twitter.com/d7I05KfnKA
— DailySportsDosage (@SportsDsd) July 29, 2020
I made a meme. Thank you for inspiring me Joe Kelly. AKA my new Sports spirit animal. pic.twitter.com/xaiD3yKeqn
— Susumu Araki (@susaraki1928) July 29, 2020
Joe Kelly vs. Luke Smith, Mechanics. pic.twitter.com/G0NkdUdep9
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 29, 2020
— Yesenia (@yesdodgers) July 29, 2020
*Carlos Correa strikes out*
Joe Kelly: pic.twitter.com/3Md9RLWwFR
— MyBookie Sportsbook (@mybookiebet) July 29, 2020
My reaction when you hear another Astros batter got hit this season. pic.twitter.com/lJYhZM2O2n
— Evan Daniel (@mrevandaniel) July 29, 2020
Younger siblings: *complaining about how hard life is*
Older siblings: pic.twitter.com/fPYV8BEJuX
— The Ringer (@ringer) July 29, 2020
One last Joe Kelly meme pic.twitter.com/7xNMxjGo4z
— ST. LOUIS BLUES: STANLEY CUP CHAMPS (@JDandTurkelton) July 29, 2020
The Dodgers and Astros go back at it tonight at 7:10 pm ET. Should be fun.