Dodgers: LA mayor mocks Astros in opening Dodger Stadium as test site

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images) /

Mayor Garcetti made sure to poke fun at the Astros while opening Dodger Stadium as the largest coronavirus testing site in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Speaking on the outfield grass at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday morning, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti took a shot at the Houston Astros during his remarks in opening the stadium, in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers, as the area’s largest coronavirus testing site.

"“He can’t say this stuff,” said Garcetti, as he introduced Dodgers president Stan Kasten. “But we play fair here and we’re going to get that championship sometime soon.”"

The Houston Astros infamously won the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers after illegally stealing signs to tip off their hitters of upcoming pitch types.

Los Angeles Dodgers players are slowly returning to baseball activities.

As Dodger Stadium becomes a massive testing site, players are slowly returning to work. The Dodgers recently reopened the stadium, along with their Spring Training facility, for medical and rehab purposes. However, several players have been working out at both stadiums in small groups over the past few weeks.

As MLB and the player’s union negotiate terms to play a 2020 season, there are several Dodgers personnel that need to consider their own health history before returning to play, although manager Dave Roberts, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2010, is confident his team is safe based on feedback from team doctors.

If a season resumes, it is unclear whether a second Spring Training would be held in local markets or back at spring sites. Arizona lifted their stay-at-home order on May 15, allowing greater flexibility than some individual states in allowing professional sports to be played. However, California recently joined other states in loosening restrictions for baseball to return to the state, albeit without fans in attendance.

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People looking to get tested at Dodger Stadium need to make an appointment. But testing is free, and priority will be given to those experiencing symptoms associated with the virus. You can learn more by visiting the LA Covid testing website.