We know most of the country was rooting for the Seattle Mariners to beat the Houston Astros in their ALDS over the weekend.
We don’t really need to get into the reasons why. We already know the reasons why.
“They hate us because they ain’t us ” sums it up pretty well, really.
In the world of Westerns, the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats. The Astros aren’t going to be America’s White Hats. That train has left the station.
So if you’re going to be a Black Hat, you might as well be the best dang one you can be.
Astros release T-shirt celebrating Yordan Alvarez
The Astros seem to have embraced just that with these T-shirts they shared on Twitter today.
If you don’t want to squint, the front side has an illustration of Yordan Alvarez with the text “Who’s” answered by the back side of his jersey, “Yordaddy.”
The back side has a win probability chart from Game 1 of the series — this one from FanGraphs.
The giant spike at the end of the game? We don’t need to tell you. That’s the moment Alvarez hit a walk-off, three-run come-from-behind home run with two outs in the ninth inning to dash Mariner dreams.
If they’re not going to like you anyway, embrace it. Savor every moment of it.
Put it on the front of a T-shirt. Put it on the back of a T-shirt.
Alvarez owned the series. In Game 2, he again hit a late-innings home run to put the Astros ahead of the Mariners. The moment the ball left the park, it was clear. Seattle fans may have had a fun time, but there was no way their team was moving on.
As for the reaction from Astros fans? This one seems to sum it up.
Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Wednesday, or whenever the Guardians and Yankees sort things out.
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