The Astros are playing in front of fans this season for the first time since their sign-stealing scandal came to light, and as everyone expected, they’ve been showered with boos by rival fans at every turn.
On Monday night, Angels fans took the showering to a new level. At the end of the sixth inning, fans heaved an inflatable garbage can over the right field wall, a glaring jab at the team, who infamously banged on trash cans to signal the pitches that were coming. When Altuve was at bat not long after, areal trash can was hurled over the same wall, and bottles spilled out of it.
After the game, a 7-6 loss, manager Dusty Baker was upset with the antics.
“You can tell the amount of hostility and the amount of hatred in the stands,” Baker said. “How many in the stands have never done anything wrong in their life? We paid the price for it. How many people have not cheated on a test or whatever at some point in time. I mean it’s easy if you live in glass houses, but I don’t think anybody lives in glass houses.
“I think that sometimes we need to look at ourselves before you spew hate on somebody else. It’s a sad situation for America, to me, when you hear things – I mean what are the kids supposed to think in the stands? And some of them are kids that are following their parents. It’s sad to me. People make mistakes. We paid for ours, and I wish they’d leave it alone.”
To be fair, they really didn’t pay for the mistake at all. Manager A.J. Hinch was fired, but none of the players received even a single game of suspension. The team made it back to the ALCS in the first year after the scandal was revealed. They even got to escape the boos and wrath of fans for a full year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Either way, the team can complain all it wants, but there’s no way the jeers are going to stop anytime soon.
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