Sean Murphy Butt meme and viral video depicting an image of MLB player sean murphy being hit by a pitch in butt.

Sean Murphy's Butt

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Updated Apr 13, 2022 at 05:17PM EDT by Zach.

Added Apr 13, 2022 at 01:05PM EDT by Adam.

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Sean Murphy's Butt refers to a viral video of baseball player Sean Murphy, the catcher for the MLB team Oakland Athletics, getting hit in the rear-end by a pitch. The clip quickly spread among baseball fans on Twitter in mid-April 2022 due to the way Murphy's butt looks in the video, drawing comparisons to Ned Flanders in the Stupid Sexy Flanders meme, as well as being used as an exploitable in memes and other jokes about Murphy's butt.

Origin

On April 11th, 2022, Oakland A catcher Sean Murphy was hit in the butt by a pitch from the Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Mazza. That evening, Twitter user @PadresGeekster[1] reposted the footage from the televised broadcast of the incident, showing the ball hitting Murphy's butt in slow motion. The tweet gained over 71,000 retweets, 20,000 quote-tweets and 400,000 likes in roughly 48 hours (shown below).


Spread

People quickly commented on the shapeliness of Murphy's butt as the video spread on Twitter. For example, on April 11th, 2022, Twitter user @fergoe[2] jokingly referred to him as "Thickey Henderson," a play on former baseball player Rickey Henderson's name (shown below, left). Murphy's teammate Tony Kemp[3] joked, "Murph got cake," using two cake emojis, gaining over 200 retweets and 2,700 likes in one day (shown below, right).


local blogger @fergoe ... Thickey Henderson @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 16.4M views 0:00 / 0:07 4× x* Tony Kemp @tonykemp ... Murph got @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 0:04 16.4M views 10.16 RM . Apr 11, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

Others posted photoshops about the incident. In particular, many posted a comparison between Murphy's butt and the Stupid Sexy Flanders meme. User @ParkerMolloy[4] tweeted such a comparison, gaining over 200 retweets and 1,900 likes in one day (shown below, left). Twitter user @jessespector[5] also posted a similar comparison, gaining over 40 likes in one day (shown below, right).


Parker Molloy @ParkerMolloy ... 9:13 PM · Apr 11, 2022 · Twitter for iPhone

On April 12th, 2022, TikToker @oksurewaitwhat posted an edit of the video featuring a bell sound when the ball hits Murphy's butt, gaining over 12,000 likes in one day when he reposted it to Twitter (shown below).


Various Examples


Everywhere I go. I see his ass Will Hailey ... @WillDaBeast755 Sean Murphy did more for baseball in three seconds than Rob Manfred has done in ten years Bunkie Perkins @BunkiePerkins · Apr 11 AMERICA'S ASSTIME 0:04 16.4M views Moneyball Memes @MoneyballMemes ... Billy, this is Sean Murphy. He's a catcher. He is one of the most undervalued players in baseball. His defect is that he's double cheeked up. @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 0:02 16.4M views Dervantek Carrdams SZN ... @emachulate BREAKING NEWS: Baseball to 10 day IL after getting demolished by Sean Murphy's cheeks. @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 0:05 16.4M views Justin Havelock #SayTrans #SayGay ... @HavelockJustin Sean Murphy absolutely needs to change his walk-up song to Bootylicious now @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 0:02 16.4M views Fernando Gallo ... @FernandoRGallo Did Sean Murphy just butt for a base hit? @PadresGeekster · Apr 11 Show this thread 16.4M views 0:00 / 0:07 4× k? 9:02 PM · Apr 11, 2022 · Twitter for Android

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External References

[1] Twitter – @padresgeekster

[2] Twitter – @fergoe

[3] Twitter – Tony Kemp

[4] Twitter – @ParkerMolloy

[5] Twitter – Jesse Spector

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