You remember Josh Reddick, don’t you, Los Angeles Dodgers fans?
Back in 2016 at the trade deadline, he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics amid one of his best campaigns in MLB. Then he pretty much stunk up the joint in the 47 games he appeared in for the Dodgers.
He hit .258 with a .653 OPS. He had a solid NLCS against the Cubs, but LA lost.
Then what happened? He signed with the Houston Astros the following offseason. He won a World Series with them in 2017, beating the Dodgers the very next year. Coincidentally? He had a career year … during the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal … and it wasn’t even close.
He batted .314 with an .847 OPS. His career averages? .262 and .750. He did have two big power seasons with the A’s (32 HRs in 2012 and 20 HRs in 2015), but nothing close to his slash line in Houston in 2017.
Now, he’s with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and during Thursday night’s game, the folks at Dodger Stadium, as well as Orel Hershiser in the broadcast booth, trolled the man into oblivion.
The Dodgers owned Josh Reddick for his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
The organist at Dodger Stadium was playing “I Saw the Sign” when Reddick stepped into the batter’s box in the top of the fourth and Hershiser zinged the veteran with a garbage can reference. If there’s anything to beat to death, it’s giving current and former Astros the maximum amount of flak for their actions years ago.
Before that at-bat? Dodgers fans very much knew who was at the plate, and they let Reddick hear it. Perhaps that inspired the organist to slip his/her song choice in during his next appearance to take it a step further.
Even better? This was Reddick’s first bit of action in 2021. The Diamondbacks added him to the roster on Thursday and he was in the starting lineup on Thursday due to a slew of injuries. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Reddick hasn’t exactly been bad since 2017, but a lackluster 2020 left him unsigned heading into April. The D-Backs added him on a minor-league deal midway through the month.
If he stays with the team, he’s not going to have an easy go of it in the NL West. These two teams will play 15 more times this year, and it’s clear fans (especially those of the Dodgers and Yankees) are going to ensure they get revenge on anyone and everyone involved in the Astros’ scandal since they were all let off the hook during the shortened season that featured no crowds.
Maybe the Diamondbacks should’ve thought twice about making this move.