Are Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros mad? Maybe. And they should be.
As I sit here leisurely sipping on the tears of Astros haters everywhere, I take solace in the fact that the team seems to be feeding on the negative energy being directed their way. No matter how much vitriol the national media and their brainwashed masses direct toward Houston, this team, suddenly led by Carlos Correa, just looks locked in.
While Jose Altuve has unfairly borne the brunt of the criticism so far this season, Correa has now proudly stepped in to become the lightning rod. This isn’t new, of course — he famously told Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger to “shut the (fudge) up” back in Spring Training — but now with the Astros making an unlikely playoff run, attention has turned to the star shortstop.
What’s really great about it is he’s backing up his words with his play on the field. Correa hit .500 with three homers and 11 RBIs in just four ALDS games, and this came just after he drew criticism for his comments after the Wild Card Round. “I know a lot of people are mad,” Correa said. “I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here. But what are they going to say now?”
He’s right, of course — a lot of people don’t want to see the Astros here, preparing for their fourth consecutive ALCS. Look no further than ESPN’s patented pot-stirring coverage, telling people how mad they should be that the evil cheaters from Houston have advanced this far. For his part, Correa actually called out their biased coverage back in the Wild Card round.
It doesn’t end with ESPN, though. The anger has been coming from a few outspoken opposing players such as CC Sabathia, who recently called Correa a “clown” despite the fact that Sabathia spent years playing for a Yankees team that’s known to have cheated as well. The same can be said for Joe Kelly, who’s happy to have his ring from the cheating 2018 Red Sox. Trevor Bauer continues to let the Astros live rent-free in his head despite his obvious use of pine tar this year.
Plenty of anger has come from other media outlets, and it’s come from opposing fans who’ve bought into this drivel. With all the reporting in the media and all the faux outrage from a select minority of players, these overly gullible sheep, many of whom didn’t like the Astros to begin with, now have a reason to cast this team as a villain that ruined the game and whose players deserve constant fastballs to the head.