The Astros make another standup gesture, but the orange team is still bad in fans’ minds.
As reported by The Athletic, the Houston Astros will be providing fully furnished housing to all minor-league players through their system. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these players would be housed by host families, but this act isn’t as prominent in 2021 with the virus still affecting much of the country.
Minor league players already live off almost nothing, as they aren’t being paid like major league baseball players. As 40 affiliate teams were cut this past year, the pay raise did rise and Astros minor-leaguers will not have to pay for their own living situations, while many organizations do not have to pay for the housing of their minor-league players.
With this kind-hearted gesture coming from an organization that has stood the test with a lot of opposing hate since the sign stealing scandal was broke, others will still not let things go. Houston has been one of the most vocal teams in activism from protesting games for civil rights to fundraising money and supplies for their city through natural disasters.
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While no other team in major league baseball is doing what Houston is doing, they are still being dragged from something that happened in 2017. Most opposing fans have no reason to be upset in the first place, while their teams were bottom feeders; they will still flood comment sections even in the light of a caring act.
The sign stealing scandal didn’t benefit the Astros in the end, and it was proven but most fans aren’t smart enough to believe the correct narrative. The fact of the matter is that the organization has done nothing but give back to their players and community off the field. Hate them all you want, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that people care much more about a trophy that has been remade for over 100 years than the livelihoods of others.