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So-called dad jokes have, for whatever reason, become trendy in popular culture. Some of these cringe-worthy puns have been around quite some time ~ and many play fun with baseball.
For instance, a classic dad joke asks, “What position does a pig play in baseball?”
A couple of answers are prevalent:
Any position that keeps him from bacon in the sun
Or, more often …
Groan as you may, but dad jokes are all over social media, YouTube, and various websites these days. And baseball-related dad jokes have been around a long time.
Truth be told, it is nearly impossible to determine who created a dad joke, and when. But we researched for ones that were posted online sometime in 2021, and here are some of the best examples:
Question: Why do they play baseball games at night?
Answer: Because the bats are asleep during the day.
Question: What Position does the Kool-Aid man play?
Answer: Relief pitcher
Question: What has 18 legs and catches flies?
Answer: A baseball team
It takes longer to run from 2nd base to 3rd base than from 1st to 2nd base ~ because there is a shortstop in the middle.
I was uncertain as to why the baseball got bigger and bigger. Then it hit me.
The baseball team hired a baker as they needed a good batter in the team.
The baseball players had to stay in line, or else they would be afoul of the rules.
The reason why some umpires become fatter with time is that they always clean their plates!
(For some reason, jokesters find baseball bats, and even batboys, funny:)
The only superhero who loves playing baseball is Batman!
The vampire didn’t want to be part of the team as he was allowed to be only a batboy.
As stated above, we’ll probably never know precisely. From the best of our research, it dates back to at least 2004, considering the book “Foul Play: Jokes that Won’t Strike Out.”
It’s not the only baseball joke involving pigs, believe it or not. Try this long-form attempt:
“A farmer is having a pick-up baseball game with his farmhands. During the course of the game, the farmer hits a flyball into the outfield and it lands in the middle of a bunch of pigs.
Before anyone gets there, a pig eats the baseball and the farmer scores a run.
What is that called?
An inside the pork home run.”
Joe did not believe that Fred’s dog could talk. So Fred asked his dog, “What’s on top of a house?”
“Roof,” the dog barked.
Joe was not convinced. Fred asked the dog how sandpaper feels.
Joe still remained unconvinced.
“All right, who was the greatest baseball player of all time?” Fred asked the dog.
And with that, Bob walked away, shaking his head in disbelief. The dog then turned to Fred and asked, “Was it Hank Aaron?”
Question: What are the rules of zebra baseball?
Answer: 3 stripes and you’re out.
Question: What is the difference between a high-hit baseball, and a maggot’s father?
Answer: 1 is a pop fly, the other is a fly pop.
So what is it? Short slop, or wherever he won’t bacon in the sun?
Dad jokes are corny, most often silly puns, yet they still generate laughs from friends and family alike. That baseball is included in many of them says much about the game. Baseball is fun, and also, yes, funny.
That much is evident by classic baseball comedy routines, such as the “Who’s on First?” sketch between Abbott and Costello; or in popular movies like “Major League,” “Benchwarmers,” or “Bad News Bears.”
What do pigs have to do with baseball? Very little, of course (unless pig parts are used to make baseballs; see below). Why did someone invent a joke involving pigs playing on a baseball field?
For that, we will never know. But for now, let’s enjoy this silly dad joke. After all, it was all in pun.
Question: Which baseball team sells the toughest pork franks at its stadium?
Answer: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. (Copyright Notice: We made up this joke ourselves).
Question: Is IronPigs the silliest animal name for a baseball team?
Answer: Depends. Go ask the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, or the Richmond Flying Squirrels, or …
Did you know that some people suspected parts of pigs were used to make baseballs? (And footballs).