Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly is a hated man in the city of Houston. Does he care? Absolutely not. He’s your version of a wrestling heel during the Attitude Era days. Bring on the boos!
You remember his antics against the Astros in 2020 when he threw at Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa, called Correa a b***h, made a face at the opposing dugout, and caused a benches-clearing incident.
You remember the face. They mural’d that face.
Kelly and A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano did their best to hold the Astros accountable during a fan-less season in which they avoided boos, jeers and any sort of adversity.
And what timing we have in 2021. Kelly, after missing the first five weeks of the season, is back in action after dealing with a shoulder injury … just in time to face the Astros in Houston this week.
He was asked about it, and you can bet he delivered with his response. We better see two appearances from the right-hander on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Joe Kelly is ready to hear it from Houston fans during the Dodgers-Astros series.
The Astros will have a fully-packed stadium at Minute Maid Park for the first time all year during this upcoming two-game set and Kelly is ready to have objects hurled at him. There’s no better energy to possess when you’re entering the lion’s den.
What a treat it will be, too, if we get to see Kelly and Trevor Bauer, who’s arguably been the most outspoken figure in regard to the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
From blasting them when speaking with the media, trolling them on his vlog, or wearing merch that’s made to clearly insult the Asterisk Crew, we’re hopefully in store for an assembly line of premier content.
Coming into this one, the Dodgers are fresh off a three-game sweep of the division-rival Giants while the Astros just got their teeth kicked in by the Rangers, who also pulled off a three-game sweep, featuring two walk-off triumphs. LA will be looking to continue their hot streak and Houston will be trying to dig out of a hole.
Incoming insults? Not a problem. Kelly and Bauer are used to that. Incoming beers? Well, you might want to think twice about that, Astros fans. You don’t want 12 oz. of liquid approaching your face at 97 MPH, now do you?