The buildup to the Los Angeles Dodgers-Houston Astros series got every fan amped for the two-game set at Minute Maid Park.
For some? Maybe a little too amped.
Everyone figured tensions would be high.
Why? We don’t know.
On Wednesday night, though, things got even uglier. The clashes between the two fanbases became extremely violent.
Dodgers and Astros fans brawling in the stands was tough to watch.
All that pent up aggression over the last few years — more specifically last year since nobody could attend games — is really coming to a head. We saw earlier this year when LA fans brawled right outside Dodger Stadium, in addition to a number of other fan fights across MLB.
But this one is the most on-brand. Though Yankees fans let the Astros hear it during their series in early May, there weren’t any physical altercations in the Bronx. New York fell victim to Houston’s sign-stealing scandal, but that was in the ALCS. That doesn’t quite hit as hard as the World Series … especially when that Fall Classic between the Astros and Dodgers went a full seven games back in 2017. The score to settle with LA is a bit different.
These are the first capacity crowds in Houston. Though it was good for business to open up attendance ahead of this interleague series, the social experiment failed. Skulls are being pummeled, people are bleeding, and the stadium security is working as if it’s patrolling a riot scene.
Even worse for Dodgers fans? The Astros handled business against Trevor Bauer, smacking two home runs off the outspoken ace who publicly criticized them over the last year, while Luis Garcia shut down LA’s offense through his six innings of work. It’s not over yet, but the Astros took a commanding lead into the eighth and the Dodgers will need to mount a significant comeback.
That Houston fan, though? There might not be any coming back from that beating. Sheesh.