For Dodgers fans, Sunday will undoubtedly be a banner day in Los Angeles. With the Houston Astros returning to Dodger Stadium for the first time since robbing baseball of a true World Series winner in 2017, the stage should be set for Dodgers fans to get some real demons off their backs.
However, the coronavirus has closed ballpark access for fans and even limited the ability for folks to gather and boo proudly together. Thankfully, some fans thought ahead for this series.
Two Dodgers faithful, Meredith Kendrick and Nathan Nguyen, started a GoFundMe to raise enough funds to secure a huge banner, a plane, and a pilot for the festivities this coming weekend. And the targeted crowd-sourced financing was met.
So, the important part… what will the banner say?
HEY ASTR*S, TRY STEALING THIS SIGN!
Simple and perfect. Moreover, Kendrick also notes that a custom asterisk was made for the occasion.
This is pretty great… hope the visibility is good on Sunday! pic.twitter.com/s6GrjEuJa1
— Blue Heaven (A Dodgers Podcast) (@BlueHeavenPod) September 12, 2020
Of course, the Astros were accused of and found guilty of stealing signs from catchers and relaying what pitch was coming to teammates during the 2017 MLB season. Their system included a camera, a direct live feed to a television poorly hidden in the tunnels beyond their dugout, and a trash can. The team refined their system of cheating and took it into the 2017 postseason where they robbed the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and your Los Angeles Dodgers of a fair fight en route to their first world title.
So if we can’t boo them, and Joe Kelly can’t bean them, a banner is our next best hope.
The banner will be flown on Sunday, September 13th as the Astros take batting practice. The game starts at 5:08 PM PT and is nationally televised by ESPN as part of their Sunday Night Baseball series, so it likely will pick up a bit more visibility on the broadcast. Visiting team batting practice usually takes place about two to three hours before first pitch at Dodger Stadium, so the flight will most likely happen between the 3 o’clock and 4 o’clock hour.
Understandably, the brains behind this banner have a simple ask for fans that happen to see it on Sunday:
Let’s encourage Dodgers fans to snap photos and cheer as we tease the Astros for their cheating scandal!
So if you see the banner on Sunday, snap a photo and upload it on Instagram or Twitter!