Some have gone too far
Almost two years have passed since the Astros’ sign-stealing plan was made public, but Dodgers fans are still as angry as they were the day the story first broke.
Even though the Dodgers broke their World Series drought last season, fans are still upset that the cheating Astros beat them in 2017. And so, when Houston came to town to start a two-game interleague series on Tuesday, the LA fans came in droves to let the Astros hear it.
The game drew 52,692 fans, around 3,000 fewer than a full house, but still the biggest crowd of any MLB game this season. They started the heckling long before the first pitch.
There were of course inflatable bins.
And even a toddler in a garbage can costume.
A few bins have arrived on the ground.
The trash can, although it briefly interrupts the game, is fun and playful, but some fans have crossed the line. Mookie Betts said ahead of the game that he expected there to be some fighting in the stands. And there was. Fans started throwing trash at an Astros fan and then a brawl broke out.
The cops also intervened when two Dodgers fans started threatening each other in the lobby.
Other fans clashed with security guards as they attempted to control the rowdy fans.
(Thanks to The big lead to compile these videos.)
What an ugly scene. In this first video, there is a child caught in the middle of a garbage dump. Hate of the Astros has been a fun story for any baseball fan, but it’s possible to go too far. When the Astros made their first post-scandal trip to Yankee Stadium in May, the atmosphere was harsh but not violent. Perhaps the reduced capacity in the Bronx (10,850 fans) is somewhat to blame, but fans should be able to be loud and passionate in crowded stadiums without starting to fight.
Frankly, the hatred of the Astros is a bit over the top at this point. Most of the actors involved in the sign theft scandal are now gone. By next season, it is possible that only Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman will remain in the scandal-ridden 2018 squad. These guys will (and probably should) be booed for as long as they stay in Houston, but it’s time to stop making Astros road games about cheating. Fans are removing it from their systems after games were played in empty stadiums last year, but hopefully next year they will stick to booing Altuve, Correa and Bregman when they are featured. and will not start any more fights.
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