The Houston Astros' cheating scandal is in the past for most MLB fans ... unless the Houston Astros decide to commit immoral acts to bring the sign-stealing tactics that tarnished (at least) the 2017 season back to the forefront of everybody's mind. The Los Angeles Dodgers were among the chief victims from the Astros' actions that year.
When these two teams meet, there's always going to be the good old jeering that comes with the territory. When Carlos Correa comes to town, Dodgers fans aren't going to treat him with respect. The scars run deep, but for as much as Houston fans like to think, the Astros don't live "rent free" in anybody's head. Nobody cares. Enjoy your two World Series.
But there was an incident on Thursday night that now has the baseball community buzzing (no, not that kind, Jose Altuve is actually on the injured list).
When trying to beat out a ground ball against the Mariners, Astros outfielder Chas McCormick dangerously tried to smack the ball out of first baseman Ty France's glove as he ran down the line. Luckily nobody was hurt, but Dodgers fans remember Max Muncy's scary elbow injury at first base back in 2021.
McCormick pulled this blast-from-the-past stunt (remember Alex Rodriguez in the 2004 ALCS?!) down 5-1 in the bottom of the ninth with one out. Down four runs! In a regular-season game! Not facing the most embarrassing playoff elimination in the history of the world with your back against the wall!
Dodgers fans reminded of Astros cheating with Chas McCormick's dirty play
Astros fans can defend this all they want (and you know any Yankees fan that dare steps to them will get this video shoved right back down their throats), but chalk this one up as more leverage for Dodgers fans.
McCormick's dirty move just gives Houston haters more ammo to suggest the entire Astros' organization is disreputable. McCormick wasn't a memeber of the 2017 team and didn't debut for Houston until 2021, when most of the scandal was in the rearview.
Like those who came before him, though, McCormick is seemingly carrying the torch. Someone want to look into his career-best numbers in 2023, too? Astros fans love when we question stuff like that.