The Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays faced off on Saturday night in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. The winner would win the series and move on to the World Series, and MLB fans made it very clear that they were rooting against the Astros. When the Texas-based franchise lost, Twitter users began showcasing their excitement with a multitude of comments. Several posted that they were only watching the playoffs to see the Astros lose, while others said they were satisfied with how the ALCS played out.
The reason for the anti-Astros comments is that the fans are still upset about the cheating scandal. The MLB organization won the 2017 World Series amid a massive sign-stealing scandal. They reportedly used cameras to steal the signs and then communicated them by banging on trash cans. MLB has since levied punishments against the team, but the fans have expressed that simple suspensions and fines weren't enough. They said that they want the Astros to lose their title.
@astros— Hek Martinez (@hereigo825) October 18, 2020
Honestly this was even better than watching a sweep. Watching Houston get their hopes up and get cocky just to lose anyways is way more satisfying.
The result of not cheating 😂 pic.twitter.com/CMqD7pEAhh
Watching the Cheating Astros Lose!!!😄😄— ZEUS (@zeusmarko) October 18, 2020
I loved that!!
While several fans would have preferred to see the Astros lose a 4-0 sweep, that did not take place during the ALCS. Instead, the Houston team fought back and tied up the series, creating frustration among some fans. Although others expressed appreciation for the Astros losing after coming so close to victory.prevnext
Well... as painful as it was to see them come back 3 in a row, at least it made it more enjoyable to see them lose. The higher their false hopes, the more it must have hurt them to lose... and for that, I’m grateful.— Give It Back Astros! (@GiveItBackAstro) October 18, 2020
Astros lose, America wins https://t.co/lpMtOGdcx8— Bolivar Castillo🇩🇴 (@bolivarcast21) October 18, 2020
There were two very common themes among baseball fans on Saturday. Some said that they were happy to see the Astros mount a comeback before ultimately losing. Others said that watching the "cheaters lose" brought Americans together.prevnext
Coming back from 0-3 to lose game 7. Sweet justice @astros 🖕🏼— JT Squillante (@BucsJay) October 18, 2020
The Cheat'n Astros Lose - best news I heard all week!!!!! The Cheat'n Astros have no business being in any post season play - the Rays did the MLB fans a huge favor!!!
😂😂😂😂😂😂— A. Robles (@arobles63) October 18, 2020
Should MLB have allowed the Astros to participate in the postseason? Many fans strongly opposed the idea. They expressed the opinion that the team should have been banned due to the cheating scandal.prevnext
Pretty hard to get it done without your lucky bat. The entire MLB was happy to see your asses lose. No respect. Trash city, trash players, trash fans, trash organization, only fitting it be a TRASH CAN 🗑 🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/8chm2SRhBL— cdizzle (@cdizzle37138841) October 18, 2020
We only watched to see the Astros lose....Karma baby!!!— Skyler (@m_sky_oregon) October 18, 2020
There are many MLB fans that expressed support for karma. They made it clear that they believe in judgement based on actions, especially in regard to the MLB playoffs. Specifically, many of the fans said that the Astros losing in Game 7 was karmic justice for their cheating during the World Series.prevnext
@astros We only watched to see you lose!!!— Skyler (@m_sky_oregon) October 18, 2020
Glad to see the Astros lose. Idk if I could stomach them winning the WS after all the baloney.— Donny, please. (@EnigmaticEvil) October 18, 2020
While many MLB fans had major issues with the Astros cheating during the 2017 World Series, others expressed more concern about the players' attitudes. They said that Carlos Correa should not have been taunting the "haters" when the team made the postseason. They referred to his comments as "baloney" and used them as even more reasons to root against the Astros during the ALCS.prevnext
America is a divided country at the moment, especially with the presidential election approaching. However, many people proclaimed that Saturday's game brought the country together. They said that everyone watching wanted to see the Astros lose, so the outcome "brought everyone together." They said that baseball created a sense of unity on Twitter Saturday night, which many previously thought to be impossible.prevnext
We weren’t rooting for the Rays to win, we’re rooting for the Astros to lose. There’s a difference even though the outcome is the same thing. But now I root for the Braves to win 5 in a row and the Rays to lose— the_Josh_Freeman (@JoshFreeman_504) October 18, 2020
When the Tampa Bay Rays faced off with the Houston Astros in the ALCS, Twitter users immediately began cheering for the Florida franchise. This support caught some people by surprise, but the fans had a very simple reason for their rooting interests. They proclaimed that they didn't care about the Rays; they just wanted to see the Astros lose.prev