Being a Dodgers fan has to feel different this Spring Training. The team just pulled off a blockbuster trade and acquired Mookie Betts, but so much more happened in the offseason. When the Astros were found out to have been cheating in the 2017 season, fans in Los Angeles were obviously livid.
But then there was a strange feeling that followed when the dust settled. Yes, they wanted to be mad. Yes, they felt like they had been cheated out of a World Series. But what could be done?
Now that baseball is back, things are slowly getting back to normal around Camelback Ranch. Astros players are being plunked at a high rate in Florida, but it’s business as usual in Arizona. There are still those rare moments though where Dodgers and players get to openly acknowledge the scandal, and one of those moments came on Thursday.
Not a WWE pop, but a really nice ovation for Fiers from both A's and Dodgers fans alike. pic.twitter.com/rjltZLpJLr
— Antonio Caminada (@TownBizTony) March 5, 2020
Mike Fiers is the guy who blew the whistle on the entire Astros’ cheating ordeal. Fiers was with the team from 2015 through 2017, including that dreaded World Series win against the Dodgers. But Fiers cited personal obligation among other things in his desire to come forward and let the league know what was happening behind the scenes at Minute Maid Park.
Fiers pitched in a game against the Dodgers on Thursday, the first time since the scandal broke. When Fiers’ name was announced, the traveling Dodgers faithful broke out into uncharacteristic cheers. And why not? Fiers has become somewhat of a hero around the league for taking matters into his own hands.
Enter to Win a Gavin Lux Signed Ball!
You can be sure this will not end with Dodgers fans. Wherever Mike Fiers goes this season, he will be treated like royalty…with the exception of Houston maybe. That’s what happens when you expose a terrible team to have been doing terrible things I guess.