The Indians on Wednesday defeated the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS and in doing so advanced to the World Series. Ryan Merritt, making just the second start of his career, silenced Toronto bats for 4 1/3 innings.
That's notable because Blue Jays philosopher-king Jose Bautista prior to Game 5 opined that young Merritt should be "shaking in his boots" at the thought of facing the Toronto bats. Well, that turned out to be less than foreboding, as Merritt allowed just two hits in his scoreless outing.
Needless to say, after those particular baseball outcomes, Twitter had its way with Joey Bats and his pregame remarks. Come with us, won't you?
Quotes from before the bottles popped:— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) October 19, 2016
"He's shaking in his boots!"
"Sign them and send them to Bautista!"
Knockin' boots II (yes, it's also Mr. Bautista's birthday)
How are you spending your birthday, Mr. Bats?
@JoeyBats19 como la estas pasando el dia de tu cumpleaños? 😶🤔🍾🍾🍾🍾— Roberto Perez (@robperez2015) October 20, 2016
Boots that sort of look like they have hot dogs in them
The Indians are screaming "shaking in their boots." I think they heard Joey Bautista— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) October 19, 2016
Jose Bautista is smashing the unfollow button on the Indians so hard— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 19, 2016
Attention @JoeyBats Jose Bautista: looks like Ryan Merritt had you and your team shaking today. Karma got you and on your birthday.— Abraham Lincoln (@Mr_Lincoln) October 20, 2016
When is that new drake single "circumstances" dropping? I bet it's 🔥🔥🔥 I'll be editing footage tonight. Video coming ASAP!! Stay tuned!— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) October 20, 2016
Texans don't shake in their boots. Jose Bautista now knows better.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) October 19, 2016
Presented without comment: Jose Bautista wearing boots. pic.twitter.com/eTJ6PRY7oD— Kevin Dean (@kvnbsbl) October 19, 2016
Reporter: "Bautista said you'd be shaking in your boots and you just booted the Blue Jays from the postseason."— Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) October 20, 2016
Merritt: "Uh. I don't know."
Boots, people. Boots.