Let’s recap the Houston Astros’ 2020 season, shall we?
Or, you know what? Let’s not, actually, because the ruthless ease with which they managed to slide through a fan-less campaign will anger all of Yankees Universe.
In Mid-March, the entire baseball world was prepared to make their campaign a living hell after rampant cheating allegations invalidated their 2017 championship, resulting in multiple firings across the league and some read-off-paper apologies by Alex Bregman and Co.
Instead of a ruthless road environment 81 times a year, though, the Astros got a completely toothless one full of empty seats, and nearly came back from 3-0 down in the ALCS while somehow turning their own actions into an “us against the world” sob story. Barf.
But some people don’t forget, and maybe Houston didn’t duck their punishment after all.
Thanks to the security staff we assume Embedded Yankees Legend Derek Jeter hired to man the Miami Marlins’ spring ballpark, Bregman got a taste of what’s always been coming to him on Sunday, fighting through the bangs of a trash can in his first at-bat of the game.
Yes, an actual employee doing his job did that. Don’t tell me the fans will have completely forgotten by the time the 2021 season rolls around.
Yankees fans should be thankful Alex Bregman and the Astros are still being trolled.
Instead of facing the wrath of a cavalcade of angry crowds last year, Houston somehow got to control their own narrative, competing in peace while feeling confident enough to lob cheating allegations at the Yankees in their spare time.
It was, as often seems to be the case, another unpleasant year where the clear perpetrators got to play victim, and by the time 2020 wrapped, even AJ Hinch and Alex Cora were back in baseball.
Sunday’s shenanigans were a solid reminder that even the sands of time won’t help the Astros escape unscathed.
For good measure, we’ll take this opportunity to remind you that the Astros come to the Bronx in mid-May, and that the very first batter Gerrit Cole faces to open the season will be…an ex-Astros agitator.
The opportunities to make Houston wear their transgressions will come hard and fast, Yankees fans.
And every member of the 30%-ish capacity crowd in May should be inspired by the actions of Sunday’s security hero. Yeah, Jeets.