A music venue in Houston fires back at historic Fox Theater in California over the Astros “cheating” their way to beat the Dodgers in 2017.
Two weeks after the historic Fox Theater in Bakersfield, California took a friendly jab at the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal using their marquee sign, a live music venue in Houston, Texas has fired back.
“Kiss our asterisk! Los Angeles Dodging Champions since 1988,” the sign in Houston reads.
The Warehouse Live marquee is located in East Downtown Houston, only three blocks from Minute Maid Park where the Astros used trash cans to tip-off hitters of incoming pitch types on their way to the 2017 World Series.
The live music venue is clearly taking advantage of the marketing opportunity. And kudos to them, they got us to write about it!
The sign appears to be in direct response to Fox Theater’s marquee that recently read, “Never Forget, Houston Asterisks, Let’s Go Dodgers!”
The Astros sign-stealing scandal was exposed by former pitcher Mike Fiers, leading to an investigation that shook the entire baseball community, but left the culprits relatively unpunished.
Manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were both suspended for the 2020 season, which will be upheld whether games are played or not. In other words, they could get off without missing any actual games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Astros also lost their 2020 and 2021 first round draft picks, another penalty that seems less severe now that Major League Baseball will hold an abbreviated draft in 2020, which will lower competing bonus amounts this season and allow for a potential deeper prospect pool next year.
The subject of the Astros illegal sign-stealing remains a sore subject among Dodger fans and players. The tension could come to a head under a proposal being considered by MLB that would put the Dodgers and Astros in the same division, or on the same schedule six times this season.