Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of Los Angeles’s 6-2 win in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday, which you may have forgotten after all of the crazy happenings in Sunday’s Game 5. Anyway, Pederson celebrated the moment as you might expect a 25-year-old who had just hit the biggest home run of his career would, by skipping toward the Dodgers’ dugout after touching home plate, pointing at his teammates and the crowd and shouting, “You like that! You like that!”
Hey, that sounds kind of familiar. Almost exactly two years ago, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins shouted “You like that! You like that!” while en route to the locker room after leading Washington to its largest comeback win in franchise history. The moment, captured by an NBC Sports Washington cameraman, went viral, ensuring that those three words will follow Cousins for the rest of his career. Cousins sold “You like that!” T-shirts to help raise money for the International Justice Mission, the Redskins handed out “You like that?!” rally towels at a playoff game that season and Cousins’s brother, Kyle, even filed a trademark application for the phrase.
During halftime of the Redskins’ loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, Fox Sports showed video of Pederson and Cousins’s nearly identical celebrations. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews reported that Cousins planned to send Pederson a signed Redskins jersey. She also noted that Pederson grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan and that his reaction after hitting his home run wasn’t a tribute to Cousins.
“Did I?” Pederson responded to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick when Gurnick described his celebration. “I don’t know, like I said, I just kind of blacked out there.”
During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s “Grant and Danny” show on Monday, Cousins was asked about Pederson’s display of emotion.
“That’s good to see,” Cousins said. “I’m just hoping we can have many more ‘You like that’ moments here with the Redskins. I may have to send Joc a T-shirt. Clearly, he’s feeling the same vibes that I was feeling. You know what, when you play at the highest level in the biggest games, in those moments, that’s what comes out.”
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