Fans of A had to wait a year to boo at Astros players for stealing the team’s signs in 2017 and 2018. They seized the opportunity on opening day 2021.
The Oakland loyalists landed on Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa on Thursday at the Coliseum.
The rally also sang “Cheats” during the national anthem and brought signs calling out the Astros in the same fashion. They were delighted that A starter Chris Bassitt hit Correa in the left shoulder with a fast 94 mph in the fourth inning.
Altuve, Bregman, Correa and Yuli Gurriel are the only players on the 2017 Astros team to win the World Series against the Dodgers in seven games. At the end of 2019, former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers (who is now with the A’s) hissed Houston’s activities during this championship season. The team filmed the catchers’ panels with a camera in the center field that was connected to a monitor mounted behind the Houston dugout canoe. Once the Astros knew which pitch was coming, someone banged on a trash can to denounce the hitters.
MLB began investigating after Fiers went public. No player has been suspended because Commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity in return for their full cooperation. Then-Astros manager AJ Hinch and Red Sox manager Alex Cora – Hinch’s bench coach in 2017 – have been suspended for the 2020 season for their roles in the scandal. They were also made redundant by their respective clubs. The Astros also fired then general manager Jeff Luhnow. Carlos Beltran, who played on the Astros ’17 and was named as the point guard of the operation, was licensed as Director of Mets.
Last offseason, the Red Sox rehired Cora and the Tigers hired Hinch to be their new manager.
Altuve denied participating in the theft of signs. A Provocateur Correa backed Altuve’s claims during spring 2020 training. Altuve also denied wearing a buzzer under his uniform during the 2019 ALCS against the Yankees. This controversy erupted after Correa hit a home run against Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 to send Houston to the World Series and the little star made a sign that he didn’t want his jersey ripped at the celebration. Houston would lose to the Nationals in seven years.