Boston, MA– During the 2017 Boston Red Sox season, which was the year after the retirement of longtime Boston slugger and all-time baseball great David Ortiz, power numbers were way down. It makes sense, though, because no one could hit bombs like Ortiz did and he is not the kind of player that you just replace. So it took some growing pains for the Red Sox. As a result, though, 2017 was a season during which the team hit not one single grand slam.
Power numbers were on everyone's mind in 2018 when the team signed J.D. Martinez to be the team's new designated hitter, and Boston's long ball was immediately bolstered. Grand slams were back on the table. With this ability to clear the bases with one swing of the bat came a glorious meme reaction from the Red Sox subreddit. Any time a player would hit a grand slam, it was said that they "blessed the rains," which is in reference to the lyrics from the classic Toto song, "Africa." Every grand slam clip would be accompanied by that song and it resulted in rousing, adrenaline-filled video clips.
In 2019, however, there is a new meme. And whereas "Africa" could be explained as a meme for the pump-up moment in all of us, this new meme that celebrates Red Sox victories is entirely absurd and completely inexplicable.
Whenever the Red Sox win these days (and they are doing a lot more of that in May than they were doing in April), the subreddit reacts with some sort of meme of a crab dancing. Here are a few examples:
The phenomenon is known as the "Crab Rave" and it has become the hallmark of a victorious subreddit that is even inspiring jealousy from other fanbases, including that of the Cleveland Indians. The movement began when Reddit user u/iancusick shared the video after the first series win for Boston in 2019, and now it accompanies every subsequent series win.
The reasoning behind crabs, as the creature featured? Still unclear! Regardless, the Red Sox now have a new rallying cry for the new season. Happy crabs?