The Houston Astros came to the Bronx for the first time since 2019 this week. They got exactly what they deserved in terms of getting serenaded by the 10,000 fans in attendance each of the three games.
José Altuve took the brunt of the hostility and deservedly so.
If you’ve been living under a rock, the Yankees were eliminated by the Houston Astros in 2015, 2017, and 2019 postseasons. In November 2019, it was found that the Astros had set up a sign-stealing scandal in 2017 to help their hitters know what pitch was coming every time they came up to the plate.
Needless to say, they were wildly successful in their scheme in 2017, going on to win their first World Series Championship in franchise history.
The scheme was proven to have continued in 2018, but questions still arose about 2019.
Altuve hit an American League Pennant-winning home run off Aroldis Chapman, and Altuve subsequently said, “Don’t rip off my jersey,” as he rounded third and headed home to a mob of his teammates.
This week, many chants, signs, and actions were the storyline along with the games themselves. Many chants contained vulgar language directed toward Altuve, shortstop Carlos Correa and third baseman Alex Bregman, three of the key players from the 2017 championship season. In fact, the chants got so bad that the Astros actually filed a complaint with Major League Baseball over it.
If the Astros are that intimidated and worried about chants from 10,000 people in Yankee Stadium, what will they do when they come back to New York?
That could be in the postseason in 2021 or their annual trip to the Bronx in 2022? Either way, capacity is going to be at 100% by then. The truth is, they know they got off scot-free in this scandal but still will not show one ounce of remorse for what happened. It cost people jobs, careers and changed people’s lives.
So, good job, Yankee fans. You clearly got in the minds of the Astro players, coaches, and organization.
You also propelled the Yankees to take two of three as they continued their good stretch of play.
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