Well, the 2012 World Series is officially underway. And since the games are once again being telecast on Fox, you know what that means: out of every four-hour broadcast, a good forty-five minutes will be dedicated to close-ups of fans nervously biting their nails and covering up the bottom halves of their faces with their cupped hands. Because, hey, it’s October, and there’s drama.
So since everyone apparently loves watching the fans so much, I thought, in honor of the World Series, why not do an entire list of baseball fan GIFs? Of course, the GIFs on this list aren’t of people just standing around, nervously watching baseball. Well, a few of them are, but most feature fans being a bit more interesting than that. So check ’em out. You won’t regret it.
This celebration might be a little excessive simply for catching a foul ball. Dude high-fives his whole section, then the last guy even gets a hug. It's a bit much.
30. Foul Ball = World Series?
So close, and yet so far. I'm kind of torn as to whether this baseball player is kind of awesome of kind of a douche. Can it be both?
That's what you get for wearing your Giants gear to the A's game buddy. No love.
28. Beware of Dog
This one is from the Mets' collapse down the stretch in 2008. They kept losing and losing, squandering a 3.5 game lead over the Phillies. Obviously it was very frustrating.
27. Disgusted Mets Fan
Leave it to New York fans to cheer their own team sarcastically.
26. Sarcastic Mets Fan
Here's yet one more from that same heartbreaking late-season loss to Chicago in '08. If you're being consoled by a Cubs fan, whose team hasn't won the World Series in over a century, something is terribly wrong.
25. Depressed Mets Fan
This dude is awesome. There's no hesitation whatsoever. He'd made up his mind to throw it back before he even caught it.
24. Throw. It. Back.
Dude, I know those StubHub seats at the Trop are comfy, but come on. There is a ballgame being played. Love alive.
23. Dosed Off?
Yep, that's pretty much what losing the World Series looks like.
"Oh sh-t, did I live the iron on? No, no, I totally turned it off. Phew."
21. Anxiety & Relief
If this dude was this excited over a relatively meaningless game in April, I'd hate to have been there with him while he watched the Cards choke in the 2012 NLCS. Probably smashed a few things in his living room.
20. Really Excited Cardinals Fan
Those kids next to him are like, "I'm not helping him, YOU help him."
19. Fallen, Can't Get Up
I was trying to figure out what these Oakland A's fans are doing for quite a while, then it his me: they're just doing their impression of Oakland Raiders fans. (Get it? Cause they're always fighting.)
18. Athletics Fanatics
I'd say this Royals fan at the 2012 Home Run Derby was probably over-served. (Though I guess it's possible he just had an inner ear infection that affected his equilibrium.)
17. Royal Fall
This guy does this all the time—walks up behind people at Mets games, bumps into them, and makes like they tripped him. He's, like, the funniest person ever! (That was sarcasm, FYI.)
16. Practical Joker
So he takes off his wedding ring, then gives the camera the finger—which I guess is some kind of kiss-off to his wife (or ex-wife). Classssssy. You think he's a Yankees fan or an Angels fan?
15. Wedding Ring Douche
They have fountains at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. And sometimes, that's a bad thing when it's 100 degrees and fans have had a few Boulevard brewskies.
14. One Drunk in a Fountain
The beer goes flying, but at least he sticks the landing.
And by the way, this GIF just confirms my impression that the Trop has to be the worst stadium in baseball. I mean, what the heck is this seating arrangement?
13. Baseball Stadium Gymnastics
The kid is just bored. After all, he is at a Cubs game.
12. Darth Sandberg
This is one of my all-time favorite fan celebrations in any sport. And I think it's the same dude who caught the home run ball and threw it back all in one motion.
11. The Sprinkler
I assume, based on the little girl's reaction, that this kid was picking on his sister, and dad was just stepping in. But, um, it doesn't look good, especially when replayed over and over as an animated GIF.
Also, who buys an away jersey in baseball?
10. Leave Your Sister Alone
Um, that guy just kicked a chick in the head and sent her flying. Way to stay classy, Yankees fans.
9. Bronx Brawl
At first all I really noticed here was the couple hugging right in the middle of the crowd there. Then, upon closer inspection, I saw it: the dude to the left of the security guard in the neon yellow shirt. He's performing one serious celebratory pelvic thrust.
8. Pelvic Thrust
Want to get your kid to stop picking his nose? Tell him there are cameras everywhere and he might end up on the internet. Then show him this.
7. Digging Deep
What's worse? Kicking a woman in the face, or ripping a home run ball out of a little kid's hands?
6. Yankee Douch
This kid snagged himself a sweet souvenir, he's pumped, and he's not afraid to show it.
5. Rays Fan Is Pumped
Tickets right behind home plate: probably free, because you got them from work. Making out like an idiot live on television: priceless.
4. Makeout Sesh
When thinking about doing something stupid at a baseball game, ask yourself this: is this the kind of think that could keep me from getting a job in the future? And obviously, if the answer is yes then don't do it.
"What?!? A-Rod wants my number? Oh my God, are you serious??? OH MY GOG OH MY GOD!!!"
This poor Twins fan has taken a lot of grief for this, and I totally get why. But when you think about it, all she's really doing is being considerate of those around her, which is nice.