Best internet reactions to Astros, Mariners 18-inning game

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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve stands in the dugout before the start of the 16th inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, in Seattle.Karen Warren/Staff photographer

As the Astros and Mariners went more than six hours without scoring a run, the wait for a hitter to do something — anything — became unbearable. Jeremy Peña finally did something about it by homering in the top of the 18th to lift the Astros over the Mariners 1-0 in a game that lasted 6 hours, 22 minutes.

Fans of the actual teams on the field for Game 3 of the American League Division Series were probably too busy pacing and cursing waiting for Peña’s heroics Saturday night, but the rest of the internet was fed up.

That meant it was time for memes.

But, seriously. How old were we when this game even started?

The game set a record for the longest two teams went without scoring a run in a playoff game, and ended up tied for the longest postseason game in baseball history. The Astros and Braves also played 18 innings in the 2005 NLDS. The Red Sox-Dodgers played an 18-inning World Series game in 2018 and the Cardinals-Nationals played 18 innings in a 2014 NLDS.

Peña finally ended it for everyone, and now the Astros — and their fans — get three days off before playing in the American League Championship Series starting Wednesday.

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