The Astros will play the ALDS at Dodger Stadium but they won’t have the good clubhouse where the Dodgers live.
After Major League Baseball established a “bubble” of sorts for the playoffs, it was recently determined the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics would do battle in the ALDS at Dodger Stadium. The other ALDS matchup will take place at Petco Park and the NLDS meetings will be at Minute Maid Park and Globe Life Field in Texas.
But this raised an ironic scenario, with Houston returning to the site of their 2017 World Series victory. MLB later discovered the Astros had orchestrated an illegal sign-stealing scheme that season, which eventually led to Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly throwing at Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman earlier this year.
Now, with the Astros looking to advance to the ALCS on LA’s home turf, the Dodgers are just thankful Houston was the lower seed in the AL.
“Yeah, we definitely didn’t want Houston in our clubhouse,” a Dodgers employee told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A’s, who were the No. 3 seed, get the home team’s clubhouse as a reward for the better regular season performance.
Everyone’s honest nowadays when it comes to the Astros because of what they did to compromise the integrity of the sport. Even Dodgers employees are giving quotes to the media. Not a single person in the sport likes these guys.
And how can you blame the Dodgers for the extra hatred? The Astros quite literally screwed them out of their first World Series title since 1988, and then you have a nobody like Josh Reddick trying to add more fuel to the fire.
Throughout this entire season, the Astros have whined about getting too harshly criticized, acting as if it’s everybody else’s fault for what they did. They must have forgotten they got bailed out to the max this year with no fans permitted in the stands and an expanded playoffs that helped them snag the No. 6 seed with a 29-31 record.
Hopefully this Dodgers employee set some booby traps in the visitor’s clubhouse to make the Astros’ stay as unpleasant as it can possibly be.