Some of you may be wondering, “The Padres’ season is over. What the Hell are you going to do now, Ghost? In-depth analysis of Mighty Wings sales? The history of the McNugget?”

To be honest, I wondered the same thing. Quite frankly, I’d love to take a break. But for some reason you people keep coming back. And I don’t want to disappoint any more than I already have.

We have some interesting ideas for the offseason that Padres Public will be rolling out over the course of the next month or so, but I figured I’d start with one of mine right away.

Say hello to the first of many polls to choose the first ever McRib Awards.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be leaving it up to you, my loyal readers, to select the winners in each category. Then I’ll have one post to announce them all at once. Just like the Academy Awards, but completely different, because the winners get nothing. Nothing at all. Unless you count bragging rights. And who would really brag about this?

Instead of categories like “Best Starter” or “Team MVP,” which every blog, sports website, network, guy/gal on the street, and family pet out there already does, I’m going to throw out some unusual categories. This first one definitely qualifies:

We’re going to pick the best Padres meme of 2013.

The only rules:

  • It had to be a hashtag-able meme. So, Kelly Crull constantly getting drenched with Powerade after walk-off wins doesn’t count.
  • It had to have caught on since the end of the 2012 season. So you will not see #VedderCup#MowMyLawn, #dickhats, or #Dickisms among the nominees.
  • #PPLive was not eligible, obviously. That would be unfair to all the other nominees. Because it’s the greatest hashtag in the history of hashtags!

MVM (Most Valuable Meme)
The Nominees

#ThatsBaseball

Bud Black‘s favorite saying this year. Everything that happened this season could be explained with those two words.

#DresstheDeer (#DressingtheDeer or #DressedtheDeer)

Andrew Cashner is a hunter. Hunters like to hunt deer. When they hunt deer, hunters have to clean the guts out. One of the terms for that is “dressing.” Any other questions? Go here for the answers.

#WhiskeyDeck (#JackDeck)

The new seating area created when the Padres moved in the right field fence.

#Norf

We started calling Chris Denorfia “Norf” and some people didn’t like it. We know it’s not his actual nickname. But the claims that anyone who uses Norf is “disrespecting Denorfia’s Italian heritage” are even more silly than calling him Norf. It’s just a nickname, and one that is only getting used on Twitter, for the most part.

Besides, Norf works in any situation. Norf is both a verb and a noun, along with a nickname. If Denorfia misplays a ball in the outfield or grounds into an inning ending double play, he Norf’d it. He hits a game-winning home run or throws a runner out at home, the opposing team just got Norf’d.

#Deno

This is Chris Denorfia‘s actual nickname. We have always acknowledged this fact.

Call him whatever you want. Just don’t call him late for dinner.

#Deño

This became Ronny Cedeño‘s nickname on Twitter, mostly as a snarky response to the “Norf” detractors. Cedeño’s actual nickname? Beats the crap out of me. Probably something lame, like Ron-Ron or Metta World Peace.

#WhyNotKotsay?

Like #MowMyLawn, this one is purely from my brain. It was inspired by the Futurama meme, Why Not Zoidberg?

I started it in July during the Padres/Brewers series just before the trading deadline. Ryan Braun had just been suspended and I theorized that the Brewers might be looking for a veteran leader to replace him. Someone like Mark Kotsay.

#DrinkingABear

This one is a late entry. If you didn’t see the comments that my post, Fuggedaboudit, generated last week, you missed where and how this got started.*

Honestly, I see this one taking off really big next season. But, since it was started this season, it qualifies.

*Thank you, “Season ticket holder,” for inspiring a Padres meme. Also, thanks for generating so many web hits.

#Sriracha

Remember Pedro Ciriaco? You should, if only because of Avenging Jack Murphy’s nickname for him.

#EVHAU

Who can forget the Edinson Volquez Hat Angle Updates? To be honest, I almost did. I was originally going to say #Volquez’d. Then my brother reminded me of the one true Volquez meme.

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There you have it. If you’re not following all of us on Twitter, you really should be. We have a whole bunch of fun during games. And not during games, for that matter.

And now, the poll, with your choices presented in completely random order:

Vote early & vote often because the poll is only open for a week and I’m not restricting it. You can vote as many times as you feel like.

You are encouraged to comment using an exisitng Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. Upvote comments you find helpful, and only downvote comments that do not belong. The downvote is not a 'disagree' button.

  • Dingus

    #GyorkStoreCalled

    • I never liked that one.

      • Geoff Hancock

        What a Gyork.

  • DressTheDeerDuh

  • Sac Bunt Melvin

    You all know you want to vote for #EVHAU.

    • Jefe

      I know, and I did.

  • Mike

    Gyrkoff was pretty funny. That should be a meme for next year. “And Jedd just Gyrkoff’d all over the Giants with that home run”

  • VM David

    Met should have a statue erected in his honor for coming up with #WhiskeyDeck, but, well…

  • ItsDis

    While not the most clever, #EVHAU was easily the best, and will be missed.

  • Ivan Verastica

    #GyorkinIt

  • Laura

    I voted #EVHAU. Best of 2013 for sure. I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of #dressthedeer and #thatsbaseball still in 2014.