The Dodgers will head to Houston next week to face off against the Houston Astros. It will be the first time the 2 teams have played with fans in the stands since the cheating scandal broke at the end of 2019. Naturally, it’s expected to be a lot of fun.
It will also be the first time the teams face off with fans since the Joe Kelly incident. When the Dodgers were in Houston in 2020, Kelly threw “near” Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and followed it up with a strikeout. That sparked a benches-clearing incident after the benches cleared because Joe made a face.
Because of the upcoming road trip to Houston, Kelly was asked how he felt about how he would be received. The Dodgers pitcher had a classic response that is the most Joe Kelly thing ever.
“If a fan throws a beer at me, I’m going to throw one back.”
– Joe Kelly on returning to Houston since the incident last year. pic.twitter.com/guZavEYjjH
— saucycatches (@saucycatches) May 21, 2021
Kelly was suspended for a ridiculous 8 games following the Dodgers series in Houston last year. He didn’t play much in 2020 but somehow managed to have an incredibly productive year despite apparently having a cyst growing in his shoulder.
The Dodgers head to Houston for 2 games following their series against the Giants this weekend. The Astros come back to Los Angeles for 2 games in August, the last time the 2 teams will match up for the 2021 season.
Kelly has appeared in 5 games this year without a whole lot of success. But the good news is that his stuff has looked much sharper than it did the last 2 years.