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November 21, 2013

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My Column: The Jokes the Internet Killed in 2013

by Zachary Levine


I made a dumb Shelby Miller joke in the comments to my last article about MVP voting biases. It wasn't my first. It was probably my last, but either way, I feel worse about it because it piggybacked off another dumb tired joke.

I'm a SABR member and never considered that baseball was played on a spreadsheet, but it might explain how Shelby Miller could have been hiding in Column CX, Row 9378 during the World Series.

To which a helpful commenter named "buckgunn" replied:

Didn't think the Shelby Miller MIA meme would persist into November, but there were several quite legit reasons he wasn't given innings in the postseason (a few articles have spelled out the logic behind the Cardinals' thinking). It's all very harmless and of course not a big deal, but I'm not sure why this has been the go-to joke among seamhead types for so long.

I'm not sure either, though my guess is that we just ran out of other jokes. They were all dead.

And I was glad I got called out. That joke is dead too. We killed it, just like we kill every other joke that starts out funny, and even some that don't start out funny.

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