Aside from a National League loss, the All-Star Game went as well as we all could have hoped. Tony Gonsolin’s performance wasn’t exactly something to be remembered either, but the Dodgers put on a show in the Mid-Summer Classic.
And Dodgers fans brought every bit of energy and passion that you would hope for on the big stage. That included letting Astros players know how they felt throughout the game. As Houston players were introduced, LA fans rained down the boos from all over Chavez Ravine.
Even the random coaches that were introduced during the game took a hit from fans. But before the game, Astros manager Dusty Baker pleaded with fans to not let the past get in the way. The former Dodgers outfielder asked that fans remember that not all the players were a part of the 2017 team that robbed them of a World Series.
“If they boo my players, I would prefer that this beautiful town of L.A. don’t and kind of forget the past because most of the players that are here weren’t even there during the scandal,” Baker said. “And I just wonder about the forgiveness of … mankind … so hopefully, I hope that they don’t boo them because it doesn’t do any good.”
The fans did not oblige. Even Dusty got hit with a whole lot of booing when he was introduced as the American League manager. But even though Justin Verlander was the only Astros player part of the 2017 team, Dodgers fans let every Astros player and coach know how they felt.
Chants of “cheaters, cheaters, cheaters” poured from the highest point of Dodger Stadium. And you know what? I don’t hate it.
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