Monday, television cameras caught a San Francisco Giants fan sitting near the 1st base dugout who had a homemade sign expressing her Giants fandom.
There was just one problem…
— Steve Hill (@OneMileMore) April 1, 2014
Inspired by this image, I’m going to tell you a story about how I inadvertently came across a meme on not just one social network but two and how it’s beginning to take on a life of its own.
It all started, fittingly, at Randy Jones All American Sports Grill during last year’s postseason series between Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals. My brother (who you should know is a high school English teacher) showed me an Instagram photo from a Dodgers fan who had taken a selfie in a jersey that clearly said “Dodgers” on it. The caption read something like “BEAT THE F**KIN’ CARDINALS,” with a whole bunch of hashtags on the back end. The first of which was #dogers.*
*May or may not be accurate. I seriously doubt he censored himself.
I nearly spit out the beer I was drinking.
What was this, I thought to myself. Could this guy be that stupid?
It turned out to much better than that.
If you are not an Instagram user, hashtags work pretty much the same way there as they do on Twitter. At least on the mobile apps. You can click on a particular tag and search through all the photos that have been added with that tag.
As of the time of writing this sentence, there are 11,060 Instagram posts that feature the hashtag #dogers.
That’s right. More than 11,000. I’m sure that number has increased in the 18 hours or so since I wrote that sentence.
Granted, some of these are in languages other than English. While it may be wrong, I don’t have a problem with those. You try typing out some of those Japanese team names in Japanese and see how many mistakes you make.
On Twitter, the #dogers hashtag is a little different. Lately, it’s been mostly people making fun of Dodgers fans who misspell their favorite team’s name. I like to think I’ve had a tiny amount of influence on that trend.
However, there are still folks out there who apparently think that second “D” in Dodgers doesn’t need to be in there:
play ball! #dogers
— Austin Dryden (@austindryden) March 31, 2014
Padre fans dead until they start winning #Dogers
— jay (@jay_byrd33) March 31, 2014
Note the time on that last one. Right about the time that the Padres were wrapping up their season opening win over the Dodgers.
Irony, thy name is Dogers.
Our own Vocal Minority David tweeted out this picture a second time yesterday.
— VM David (@VocalMinoritySD) April 1, 2014
Shortly after sending it out, he sent me a message that simply stated:
“The official Dodgers account favorited the Dogers jersey.”
Perfect. But wait, there’s more!
Allow me to introduce the Dodgers other Twitter account. I’m sure you’re asking “What other account?”
— Shindigz (@Shindigz) April 1, 2011
— Sal Vazquez (@salifornia) May 16, 2013
— robert patrick (@robertpatrickT2) October 8, 2013
— Kari Beal (@Kari_EBeal) October 16, 2013
That’s right. Somewhere out there is a woman named Doris Rogers who tweeted two times on May 15, 2009 and then disappeared from Twitter, never to be heard from again.
I am at work on a lunch break
— Doris Rogers (@Dogers) May 15, 2009
I am still on lunch whats up
— Doris Rogers (@Dogers) May 15, 2009
But don’t tell Dodgers fans that. They keep tweeting at her.
Even a respected baseball writer can make mistakes once in a while.
— Barry M. Bloom (@Boomskie) May 26, 2011
But, what about GAINTS, you may be wondering. Well, I figure that the Giants fans are giving her more than enough grief. Besides…
— Walton (@themarywalton) April 1, 2014
That’s right. I often forget the Giants fans’ hatred of Dodgers fans is greater than our own.
I’m far from perfect. I’ve mentioned @PadresPubic in tweets multiple times. But I try to correct my mistakes. And It happens to the best of us. It’s when it happens to the worst of us that makes it funny.
I write something for Padres Public just about every week on Wednesday morning. Follow me on Twitter, where you can also troll Dodgers fans by retweeting their misspelled tweets.