Friday, May 4, 2012

The Kansas City Royals inspire safe and NSFW memes this season

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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It had been rough sledding for the Kansas City Royals at home until last night, when the team managed to capture its first victory at Kauffman Stadium. Even better, it came against the New York Yankees.

Losing and the sheer length of baseball games have inspired the Internet to look off the field for entertainment. And in the midst of that 12-game losing streak (the Royals have since gone 5-5), memes came from two very different sources: a bookish gentleman and a bunch of boobs.

Whether it was a sign of things to come or simply the act of one desperately bored child - Royals fans first made national waves with the boy who threw back a foul ball that his dad had just caught. The losing streak at that point was a mere nine games, and the media seemed to revel in the idea that fans didn't even want a souvenir of what they were seeing.

Next up to the plate was Royals Book Guy - a fan sitting in the first row behind home plate - who opted to read rather than watch the last two innings of a loss against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 23. He seemed to be saying: You can make me pay for my seats, but you can't make me watch the game. Anyone know who this guy is? The photos went viral, and a parody Twitter account started and has gained 770 followers.

The last meme to get developed owes its origins to the University of Kansas. In the same vein as #KUboobs comes #Royalsboobs - a Twitter feed dedicated to those who choose to wear their uniforms like Manny Ramirez once did - in ill-fitting, yet stylish fashion. This is easily the greatest thing to happen to female baseball fans since Alyssa Milano designed a collection for Major League Baseball.

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