Dodgers: Andrew Friedman calling out Astros helping build up potential WS rematch

Dave Roberts - Andrew Friedman - Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Dave Roberts - Andrew Friedman - Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Everyone is sick of the Astros, including Dodgers president Andrew Friedman.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are set for a date with the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, but everyone is now thinking about a potential lingering World Series matchup with the Houston Astros, who has defied all odds and advanced to the ALCS after knocking out the Minnesota Twins and Oakland Athletics.

That would be a rematch of the 2017 Fall Classic in which the Astros were proven guilty of sign-stealing after an investigation conducted by Major League Baseball. The 2017 season was the height of Houston’s cheating scandal and they managed to capture a title after a seven-game battle with LA.

Now, during a campaign in which fans are out to watch the Astros fail after all of this was made known in the offseason, Houston has been trash talking and acting as if they’re the ones being slighted with all the criticism and “disrespect.” Dodgers president Andrew Friedman weighed in on that, and it sounds like he thinks it’s a load of BS.

Wow. And Friedman was even being a bit generous prior to the callout. A difficult year? A shortened season in which they made the playoffs at 29-31? No fans to jeer them on the road? Seems like the easiest season following one of the biggest scandals in the history of sports.

Nonetheless, the Astros mocking their “haters” has been insufferable and the fact they’re acting as if this is everybody else’s fault is, indeed, “curious” — a nice way to put it. There’s no denying what had happened, there’s concrete proof. Yet the Astros seem to think they’re being treated unfairly.

Friedman acknowledging this and at least providing some more anti-Astros commentary, though it was mild, will hopefully help build up a potential World Series rematch between these two teams. Fans deserve to see a high-stakes Fall Classic after everything that’s transpired in 2020. We’d love nothing more than to stick it to Houston on the big stage.

Take care of business in the NLCS and then let the smack talk flow.