After finishing second in the AL West in the past two seasons, the A’s had no choice but to dig up the rival Astros.
Despite not even playing Houston on Friday night (Oakland faced angels), the club placed a cardboard cutout of Houston’s mascot, Orbit, in what appeared to be a trash can and tucked it into the stands. ESPN’s TV broadcast captured the troll track placed between other fan-made cutouts. Teams from across the league have fans displaying images of themselves or their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Astros were of course exposed by an MLB investigation for illegal electronic theft of signs. Their system included a trick in which they would hit a trash can to let a teammate know if an off-speed field was coming.
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Houston would have been hunted regularly by fans if spectators were allowed during the 2020 season. However, the delayed start and empty stands of the campaign have minimized the heat of the team.
But the Astros are apparently not entirely clear, and it will be interesting to see if other clubs follow Oakland’s example by implementing memories of Houston’s crimes at the stadium.