Fans of the Los Angeles Angels still haven't forgotten.
In a 7-6 victory over the Astros Monday night, giving Houston its first loss of the season, fans inside Angels Stadium taunted and jeered Astros players for their role in a sign-stealing scandal from 2017.
Astros second baseman José Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman and shortstop Carlos Correa drew the loudest jeers.
In the early innings, fans chanted “cheater” and “where’s your trash can?” In the sixth inning, an inflatable trash can was thrown out of the right-field bleachers, and then fans threw a real one filled with trash, which landed on the warning track, in the seventh.
"I mean, you could tell the amount of hostility and hatred in the stands," Astros manager Dusty Baker said after the game.
Apr 5, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; A stadium worker removes a trash can that was thrown onto the field during the eighth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
"How many in the stands have never done anything wrong in their life? We paid the price for it. How many people have not cheated on a test or whatever at some point in time. I mean it's easy if you live in glass houses, but I don't think anybody lives in glass houses.
"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."
Even though the scandal is several years old, Houston continues to face backlash when it visits opposing ballparks.
"It used to be beach balls, now it is trash cans. I don’t think it bothered them," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "It’s entertaining. It helped the fans vent. I think it does fuel the Astros."
Contributing: Associated Press
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