Every non-Houston Astros fan has been waiting for this moment for over a year.
Though the Astros triumphed over the A’s by a score of 8-1, fans in Oakland let their division rivals have it.
People don’t forget!
And after the Astros got a free pass in 2020 due to the pandemic and decided to talk trash on all the haters after they skated to the ALCS by defeating teams who are famously inept in the playoffs (Twins and Athletics, sorry guys), 2021 will not treat Houston nicely.
And it all started from the moment they took the field. A’s fans laid into the Astros during the pregame introductions.
Yankees fans will love the Astros getting heckled on Opening Day.
Boos. Trash cans. Can we get a hot dog cannon too and just start launching?
Carlos Correa sure did make a mistake by mocking all the critics after the ALDS last year. That didn’t sit well with anybody.
But before we get to him, the crowd in Oakland on Thursday night blasted Jose Altuve the second they heard his name announced.
The only place you won’t be hearing that this year is Houston.
As for what happened with Correa, we’re not going to condone it, but we’re also not going to pretend it didn’t happen. The slugger was hit by a Chris Bassitt fastball in the fourth inning and the crowd … enjoyed it thoroughly.
As much as we hate the Astros, we don’t want to root for injuries, and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly drew the line last year when he threw at Correa and Alex Bregman, taunted them, and then got ejected. We have that moment forever. Let’s keep it that way.
The insulting signs are more our speed. Flood the crowd with those and remind the Astros what they’ve done and why it was despicable.
The Astros ended up getting the last laugh on Opening Day, but Yankees fans are lurking in the shadows, waiting for that three-game series in May. By then, more fans should be permitted at the Stadium and the Astros won’t be able to focus for a single at-bat. At least we hope.
Good on Oakland for setting the tone, though, even though it was a losing effort. This is the energy we need for all of 2021.