The Astros will always be the bad guys for Dodgers fans, no matter how well they manage to do in the 2020 postseason. Heck, even the the league…
In the wake of their massive cheating scandal unearthed months before the season, the Astros finished the season with a losing record and still made it through to the ALCS.
Their success has drawn the ire of fans all over baseball, given that they shouldn’t have even been in the postseason. But the Astros and their players don’t care, and they’ve even taken it a step further. Houston has taken a sort of victim approach to these playoffs, citing the hate that they receive from around the league.
For instance, Carlos Correa talked about winning the Wild Card Series over the Twins and advancing. In his mind, there was nothing left for people around the league to say about them after winning.
I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here. But what are they going to say now? -Carlos Correa
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations made an appearance on Mad Dog Sports on SiriusXM this past week. The long-time executive address the Astros making it into the postseason, and their tone when talking about their successes.
I think them playing the victim’s complex card is a little interesting to me. Like, I get that it’s been a difficult year for them, but to play the victim card, I think has been, you know, a curious strategy.
It’s a subtle jab, but a jab nonetheless. The Dodgers obviously are right to feel that they were cheated out of the 2017 World Series by the Astros. And fans across baseball are right to feel that the Astros don’t belong in the playoffs if not for MLB’s ridiculous new playoff format. Regardless, they’re here, and we can hate them.
Up Next for the Dodgers
After taking down the San Diego Padres in just three games in the NLDS, the Dodgers will stay right where they are. The Atlanta Braves will come into town to kick off the NLCS on Monday.