It’s safe to say that there will always be lingering hatred towards the Astros from Dodgers fans. After cheating them out of a title in 2017, it’s easy to understand why. Especially when that 2017 title would have been the first championship in LA since 1988.
After that cheating scandal broke, Dodgers players didn’t hold back much about how they felt. The most popular altercation came between Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa, who took to the media to bash Bellinger for speaking out before the scandal was confirmed.
And now we have another former Astros player explaining why Houston was annoyed with Dodgers players speaking out. Evan Gattis made an appearance on the ‘Stros Across the Globe podcast and talked about the scandal. Gattis seemed to indicate that there were a lot of teams cheating by stealing signs, including Los Angeles.
There’s people in our clubhouse who have had to call other people from the Dodgers clubhouse and say, ‘Hey you need to clean up your shit, because, yo, we know, bro. Why you gotta be like that?,’ …Everybody has a system. Everybody knows a buddy that has a buddy that’s on the Dodgers in the baseball world. It’s like, ‘Yo, we know, so you guys got to kind of chill out with that [expletive].’
It’s a pretty bold accusation to make from a guy that can’t seem to make up his mind about the scandal. Gattis has gone back and forth between feeling bad and recognizing how bad the scandal was to accusing other teams like the Dodgers of cheating. He also added fuel to the fire by saying they would’ve probably won without the system too.
Whatever the case, the Dodgers can’t really blame Gattis much for lashing out. If you only have one Championship to your name you’re going to defend it as much as you can, even when it’s heavily tainted and not recognized outside of Houston and the league offices.
Gattis has not played in the big leagues since 2018.