It seems like eons ago that the biggest story around the sports world was the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. Earlier in 2020, MLB handed down stiff punishments after concluding that Houston stole signs during its run to the World Series title back in 2017.
Prior to the start of the season being postponed back in March, we heard from a lot from opposing players. Once the Astros fired both their manager and general manager, the team figured it was past this. Six months later, and that’s not the case.
Houston finished the truncated 2020 MLB regular season with a 59-61 record, joining this year’s Milwaukee Brewers as the only losing teams to earn spot in the playoffs. That obviously had to do with the league opting to expand its playoff field to 16 teams.
Shockingly, Houston was able to defeat the Minnesota Twins in their best-of-three wild card series. The Astros’ 3-1 extra-inning win on Wednesday sent Minnesota packing for the winter. Following the game, a certain star player on the Astros decided it made sense to call out his team’s detractors.
Astros star Carlos Correa goes after haters after team advances
That’s about as cute as it gets. In a typical year, Houston would not have come close to making the playoffs. In fact, it finished seven games behind the Oakland Athletics in the American League West. The Astros would have also been six games behind the normal final wild card team in a regular year.
Either way, Correa and his Astros now head to one of the scenes of their past crimes. Houston will advance to the American League Divisional Playoffs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The team must be excited that no fans will be in attendance banging those garbage cans.