After all, the ‘Stros got to play in the Dodgers’ friendly confines last postseason, free to enjoy the beauty of Chavez Ravine without having to interact with fans in any meaningful way.
When the curtain came up on the 2021 season, though, hecklers came with it, and Houston is clearly starting to get fed up with the nonsense. And it was time for Dodgers rooters to rub it in.
Did you happen to notice the trash can that hit the field on Monday night while the Astros were trying their best to hold onto a fat lead in Anaheim (spoiler alert: they didn’t)?
No, not the second one. The first, inflatable can. Yeah, a Dodgers fan did that.
Thank us later, rest of MLB!
A Dodgers fan chucked the trash can onto the field at Angels-Astros.
The proverbial “S” hit the fan on Monday night, as Astros manager Dusty Baker finally broke from the “no comment” status quo and expressed frustration about the so-called abuses his team has faced in the early going (they’re 4-1 and can clearly handle the noise, FWIW).
Baker, who was not affiliated with the rule-breaking 2017 team, doesn’t seem to fully comprehend that Rob Manfred specifically left the punishing to the fans, preferring to see the Astros suffer a reputation hit rather than anything tangible.
After the game, he spoke at length about the ongoing berating, saying in part, “It’s sad to me. People make mistakes. We paid for ours, and I wish they’d leave it alone.”
An honorable sentiment, sure, except Baker didn’t take part in the transgressions (we wish him well), and nobody involved in the team’s scandal paid for much of anything. Alex Bregman read off a piece of paper. Jose Altuve dared us to stare at his full body tattoo. Even the fired managers, AJ Hinch and Alex Cora, are back at their old jobs; Cora didn’t even have to change cities.
Jeff Luhnow? Still fired, but firing up his fireplace with piles of cold, hard cash nightly. He’ll manage.
So we’ll cheer the Dodgers fan who snuck an inflatable trash can into Angels Stadium to give the Astros their just desserts rather than side with Baker here as he tells the scorned baseball world — coming off a silent year — to knock it off.
If Rob Manfred’s going to leave the punishment in the hands of fans, then the fans are going to make sure such business gets handled.
Even if they need to drive up I-5 south during rush hour to get it done.