The New York Yankees lost the ALCS to the Houston Astros, a sentence that begins this article and was copy-pasted from 2017 and 2019.
Until the Yanks are able to overcome Houston in the postseason, fans in the Bronx will remain obsessed with this particular team, which has haunted them in much the same way they used to spook Boston, pre-2004. For some reason, though, the obsession also goes the other way.
H-Town swept the Yankees out of the Bronx Sunday night, winning three close games and a laugher, because that’s what they always seem to do when the two sides clash. They win bullpen meltdowns. They win extra-inning thrillers. They win pitchers’ duels. They always, always, always win.
And, after the game, they focused an awful lot on thumbing their noses at the team who lost.
After being criticized by some for being too harsh to the Mariners after sweeping them, tweeting a broom turning Seattle’s inspirational “Believe” signs into trash, the Astros went ahead and ran that graphic back after their second straight postseason sweep.
Personally? Not sure what the big deal is here, and the winning team can do whatever they want to. But it’s very Houstonian to be like, “Oh, people hated when we did that? OK, we’re doing it again.”
Houston Astros troll Yankees on Twitter after dominating
The Astros dominated the series and earned the right to troll, but you’d think … there wouldn’t be … quite so many Yankees-centric tweets on their feed. You’d think they’d be more dismissive of the team they just whipped, and could move right on to congratulating their team, a 26-man group of guys that really earned it.
But nope. This is 2022 on the internet. For every congratulatory Jeremy Peña or Jose Altuve tweet, there was another one aimed at telling the Yankees to cry more. Because that’s just how it is. The folks in Houston know how to get engagement.
As the dust settled, the Astros’ postgame social media strategy included not one, but two tweets about the wind in Game 2.
Game 2 was, of course, famously not yesterday.
The fervor over Boone’s wind quote is another classic tale of the internet gone wrong. SNY’s Andy Martino asked Boone about whether he thought the wind impacted Judge’s home run. Boone said that it did. It clearly did! Then, The Athletic captioned their graphic about the quote, “Yankees manager Aaron Boone on one of the reasons why the Yankees lost in Game 2,” reframing it entirely and turning the Twitter mob back on the “excuse-making Yankees.”
The Athletic’s social media team unsurprisingly includes a prominent internet Boston fan. The Astros’ social media team is unsurprisingly managed by the Astros. Both fan bases would rather drink Yankee tears than celebrate their own successes (or their own last-place teams in the AL East, whatever the case may be).
And The Athletic even missed the most embarrassing Yankees quote of all, which was Luis Severino calling the Astros “lucky” after they beat his team yet again! Come on, guys!
Yankee fans were a little too salty this time for a fan base that knew, entering the series, that they were undermanned and a clear underdog.
For whatever reason, that salt seems more enjoyable to Houston than the four consecutive victories. Maybe because they know their kryptonite awaits in the World Series: an 80-win NL East team who no one expected to be there.