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"Others like Altuve were too scared to be there", "Idiot fans, they were in the minor leagues" - MLB world divided as Houston Astros players get booed by crowds ahead of All-Star Game  

Framber Valdez, Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker representing the Houston Astros in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game
Framber Valdez, Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker representing the Houston Astros in the 2022 MLB All-Star Game
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Daniel Santiago

There's no love lost between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two teams squared off in the 2017 World Series, where the Astros got the better of the Dodgers in seven games.

Years later, the after-effects of the controversial series are still embedded in Dodger fans' minds.

Houston Astros All-Stars are booed unmercifully in All-Star introductions at Dodger Stadium

The Astros' first World Series title, of course, was mired in controversy after the sign-stealing scandal.

Most fans think that the world title should have been stripped off them. This, however, didn't happen, much to the chagrin of Dodger fans.

As they should be. Others like altuve were too scared to be there twitter.com/jonheyman/stat…

During the pre-game introductions of the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, the Astros contingent was booed by the home fans.

Idiot fans, they were in the minor leagues 🤣 people are fucking stupid. twitter.com/JonHeyman/stat…

Justin Verlander, Framber Valdez and Kyle Tucker were given a hard time by the Los Angeles fans.

@JonHeyman Imagine booing Framber Valdez and Kyle Tucker, who weren’t on the 2017 team.

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@JonHeyman The two worst decided to stay home in Altuve and Springer. They didn't want that shame they deserved.

While fans in Los Angeles pestered Houston Astros players during the game, the MLB sphere on Twitter seemed divided about the incident.

@JonHeyman Even though none of them had to do with 2017

Some fans came to the defense of the Astros players, absolving them of any faults committed during the 2017 championship clash.

@JonHeyman Low class fans, what do you expect? It’s dodger stadium

Verlander was the only one left from the all-conquering squad but wasn't implicated in the scandal. The future Hall of Famer made his third appearance as an Astros All-Star.

@JonHeyman 2 were in the minors and the other a pitcher who got no benefit of the system but you do you

Several fans, meanwhile, chose not to forgive or forget. Memories of the controversial championship still reverberate to this day.

@KieronDay03 @JonHeyman It’s systemic, built in to what the Astros franchise is and is built upon. Booing that is appropriate.

It was just Justin Verlander who was a part of the controversial 2017 team and whatever heckling Valdez and Tucker suffered was perhaps just the effect of association.

They were the only Astros players that made the trip to Hollywood. Jose Altuve was named as a starter but missed the All-Star Game due to injury.

Toronto's George Springer, a part of the Houston Astros' 2017 championship team, was named as a reserve but couldn't participate due to injury as well.

The Dodgers and the Astros have been involved in some fiery battles in recent years

Since the World Series tilt between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the teams have faced off in the regular season 11 times. The Dodgers have the upper hand with six wins, while the Astros have won five times.

The two teams have no scheduled regular season games this year and the only way they would meet is if both reach the World Series. It would be must-see TV for baseball fans around the world.


Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh
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