The Houston Astros cheated during 2017, I don’t think any reasonable person is going to debate that. That much was proven by the commissioner’s office and the team was punished accordingly. So for the Dodgers to still be a little upset by that seems more than reasonable.
Unfortunately, Houston manager Dusty Baker doesn’t quite feel the same way. Despite having just shown up this year, Baker said on Tuesday that the Dodgers are responsible for the tension. The Astros have already let it go in his mind, even though it’s not really theirs to let go.
Dusty Baker on the #Astros-Dodgers rivalry: "Most of the tension didn't come from our side…most of the tension was coming from their side."
— Daniel Gotera (@DTGoteraKHOU) July 28, 2020
If you’re wondering how the Dodgers are to blame here, join the club. Even with cheating, it took the Astros seven games to steal a World Series from Los Angeles. That’s not even mentioning that it would have been their first World Series since 1988.
At the same time, you have to figure that Dusty is in a true no-win situation. He manages the Astros, so he’s got to defend his team until the very end. That doesn’t change the fact that Dodgers fans are going to trash on him for the comment though. Dusty played with Los Angeles for eight seasons from 1976 to 1983.
The funny thing is, his comments came just a few hours before the Dodgers and Astros had a benches-clearing incident. In that particular incident, it sure felt like the Astros were the ones holding some tension.
The Dodgers will play one more game in Houston before heading to Arizona for a four-game series. Dustin May will get the ball on Wednesday to try and take the series win. This is the first time since the 2017 World Series that the Dodgers have been back in Houston.