Dodgers Fans Greet Astros Team Bus with Trash Cans, Signs in Viral Photos

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2020

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) talks toward Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) after the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Houston. Kelly received an eight-game suspension for his actions after he threw a pitch in the area of the head of Houston Astros' Alex Bregman and later taunted Correa, which led to the benches clearing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Los Angeles Dodgers fans taunted the Houston Astros' team bus Saturday in L.A. with trash cans and anti-Astros signs.

As seen in the following photos, Dodgers fans poked fun at the cheating scandal from Houston's World Series-winning season in 2017:

Zane Foley @Zane_vyf

@Dodgers protest today! bus drove by and we let our dodgers know we love them and want to see the @AsteriskTour stripped of their 2017 robbery! @TheVinScully #dodgers https://t.co/fdqa6pUs3H

2020 Astros Shame Tour @AsteriskTour

The Astros arrive at Dodger Stadium This is the best baseball picture of the year (Via @Zane_vyf) https://t.co/zrjapvm8G9

Many of the signs labeled the Astros cheaters, and the trash cans were representative of Major League Baseball's findings that the Astros banged on trash cans to alert hitters to what pitches were coming.

As a result of the scandal, MLB suspended then-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one year each. The Astros subsequently fired both of them.

Despite the fact that Astros players had a big role in the scandal, none of them were punished. That aggravated many across Major League Baseball and likely played a role in the memorable exchange between Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly and Astros shortstop Carlos Correa during a game in August.

Kelly appeared to throw at Correa and then taunted him while walking off the mound when Correa took issue with it. Kelly was suspended, which further enraged those who felt Astros players should have been punished for stealing signs.


Carlos Correa and Joe Kelly exchanged words after Kelly struck out Correa. Benches cleared following the exchange. https://t.co/sVHaibpN2y

As a result of his actions, Kelly became a folk hero of sorts to Dodgers fans and a large contingent of non-Astros fans. Someone even painted a mural of him on the side of a building in L.A.

After Dodgers fans taunted the Astros on Saturday, a car apparently driven by Kelly honked in approval as the fans banged on trash cans:

2020 Astros Shame Tour @AsteriskTour

Joe Kelly just pulled up outside Dodger Stadium in his black Porsche and honked for the entire anti-Astros crowd. Legend. (Via @themunson) https://t.co/HD38dtO5sh

Saturday marks the third of four regular-season meetings between the Dodgers and Astros this season. The Dodgers lead the season series 2-0.

While Los Angeles owns the best record in baseball this season at 32-13, the Astros have struggled to the tune of a 22-23 record and are battling for a playoff spot.


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