Here is a new trend we are starting at CTH: ranking opposing fans reactions to the Astros.
We all knew this was coming. Having a season with no fans doesn’t shake the memory of 29 other angry fan bases.
The Houston Astros came into this season as the new most hated team in baseball because of their sign-stealing scandal from 2017. Uneducated fanbases continue to believe their success was directly attributed to the sign stealing scandal, despite numerous studies and investigations that determined that it didn’t in fact help them. Not to mention the fact that the Boston Red Sox cheated prior to 2017 for sign-stealing and there have been rumblings throughout the league that it wasn’t just a “Houston thing” – many teams were doing this type of tomfoolery.
But the Astros did in fact sin, they did disrespect the game of baseball and in the eyes of many people, they were not given the harsh enough punishment. I guess losing the best GM, the best manager and all your future top draft picks doesn’t provide enough vindication for all those hateful fans out there.
So fans are going to do their best to make the Astros life miserable. How will they do that? The best way fans know how – by driving down to the ballpark when the Astros are in town, paying $400 plus for a ticket, standing in their seat and yelling at the Astros, in hopes that one of the players will hear them. Nothing is more American than being able to pay more than you should for a baseball game and scream out all your hate and insecurities to professional athletes that don’t even know you exist. That’ll show them!
The Astro players seem to focus on the game to care about what the crowd feels, but I felt that manager Dusty Baker shared some great thoughts on these angry fans:
“I think that sometimes we need to look at ourselves before you spew hate on somebody else. It’s a sad situation for America, to me, when you hear things – I mean what are the kids supposed to think in the stands? And some of them are kids that are following their parents. It’s sad to me. People make mistakes. We paid for ours, and I wish they’d leave it alone.”
Unfortunately, that won’t happen. People want vindication for what the Astros “stole” from them years ago. So, let’s have fun with this. C’mon fanbases – show us your creativity! I put together the Astro-hate power rankings for opposing fans. This will be judged on level of fun, ruthlessness, creativity and passion shared by fans during each Astro road series. So, without further ado, here are the power rankings through April.