LOS ANGELES – Josh Reddick and the rest of the Houston Astros heard the “cheaters” chants and banging on garbage cans as the team's buses pulled into Dodger Stadium for a series last month.
They were greeted by Dodgers fans still angry that the Astros illicitly stole signs during the 2017 World Series, when Houston won in seven games and celebrated on the Dodgers' field.
“I was kind of disappointed there wasn't enough out there," Reddick said. “I know I'm stirring that pot.”
And, with the Astros in town for an AL Division Series against Oakland starting Monday, the Houston outfielder agitated things again.
“All the Dodgers fans that probably still hold that grudge are going to be out here voicing their opinion,” Reddick said. “It’s all about silencing the haters, that’s what all this year was about. The trash talk seems to be a little bit more running, and I love it.”
Just like the shortened 60-game regular season, no fans will be inside Dodger Stadium for the best-of-five ALDS. The coronavirus pandemic largely has protected the Astros from having public scorn heaped on them this season.
Mike Fiers rocked baseball when he revealed his old team's scheme to The Athletic last year, saying the Astros used a camera in center field to steal signs and then banged on a trash can to let their hitters know which pitch the opposing catcher had signaled.
In a potentially awkward situation, Fiers could face the Astros if he takes the mound for Oakland. He hasn't been particularly effective this season, and didn't start against them when the A's took seven of 10 games from the Astros this season.