When select Houston Astros take the field at Dodger Stadium for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, they’ll be wearing a plain reminder of how the rest of the league’s players — and some prominent Dodgers — view their 2017 World Series title.
No, the Astros weren’t singled out. But they’ll be there in droves, considering they currently possess the AL’s second-best record. And when they take to the chalk baselines to be saluted and heartily booed, they’ll be wearing either golden or white asterisks next to their beloved logo on the front of their caps.
“Poetic” doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Though Rob Manfred’s attempt to devalue their ill-gotten title over the Dodgers as a “hunk of metal” didn’t necessarily work, maybe the symbolism of this moment will light another fire under troll-ready MLB fans. At the very least, it’d be nice to stop the Astros’ current redemption tour in its tracks for a moment in Dodger Stadium.
Maybe this’ll make Dusty Baker think twice about sending Justin Verlander to the wolves as the game’s starting pitcher, too? Wearing an asterisk on his head and all that? Bad optics just got a little bit worse, if possible.
Astros are unfortunate victims of Los Angeles Dodgers’ All-Star Game hat design
There’s no need to continue telling baseball fans to “move on” considering they by and large have moved on, or were forced to by MLB’s lack of significant punishment for the on-field Astros who defeated the Dodgers in 2017. All those guys are still here, after all. You’ll probably see Carlos Correa and George Springer sharing a giggle on the AL All-Star team, too. Nothing Dodger fans can do about it now.
Having a laugh at Houston’s expense here isn’t some grand, sweeping statement or the reversal of a great injustice. It’s just objectively hilarious that the ‘Stros are going to have to return to the scene of the crime rocking Roger Maris Chic.
The timing is especially sweet, too, considering another round of “Stop Booing Jose Altuve, He Didn’t Want It!” takes made the rounds this week after he pummeled the Yankees yet again in another weekend series.
Fans can hate who they want, when they want, and it’s extremely funny that someone in MLB’s offices — many people, in fact — greenlit these scarlet letter hats for the entire league to wear during one of the game’s most prominent national showcases.
Whether you believe the asterisk means sign-stealing, steroids, or some nefarious third form of cheating, everyone’s guilty at the 2022 All-Star Game! And that’s a beautiful thing.