The 2021 Major League Baseball season is nearly upon us. Pitchers and catchers set to report next week. For some, however, the wounds have not fully healed from last season. Tampa Bay Rays fans are certainly not happy with the end of their 2020 season. We’re guessing one of those fans runs the Wendy’s Twitter account, who “roasted” the team on Twitter on Thursday.
What happened in Game 6?
In Game 6 of last year’s World Series, the Rays had a golden opportunity to force a seventh game with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through four innings, Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell had struck out nine and only allowed one hit. Tampa Bay held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning when he gave up his second hit of the game.
That’s when Rays manager Kevin Cash made the most controversial decision in World Series history by pulling the red-hot Snell for reliever Nick Anderson. Anderson promptly threw the lead away by allowing two runs in the sixth, and the Rays could not respond. The Dodgers held on for a 3-1 win which clinched the World Series.
Afterwards, Cash’s decision to pull Snell from the game became the subject of mockery and derision. Throughout the season, Cash and the Rays, more than any other team, had made decisions based purely on numbers and analysis. This time it cost them a championship.
Wendy’s brings the heat
Fast forward to February, and the person running the team’s social media accounts wandered into an obvious trap.
The Twitter account for the Wendy’s fast-food chain is known for “roasting” other brands. On Thursday they even made up a national holiday for it, with its own hashtag — #NationalRoastDay. Obviously, someone from the Rays wanted to try their luck. As seen above, the Wendy’s account hadn’t forgotten Game 6 of the World Series.
Snell, now a member of the San Diego Padres, seems to have appreciated the roast from afar.