The Houston Astros advanced to the American League Divisional Series on Wednesday afternoon, sweeping the Minnesota Twins, 2-0.
Houston, which lost to the Washington Nationals in the 2019 World Series, have become the most-hated team in Major League Baseball due to the cheating scandal. The Astros faced punishment for their sign-stealing system.
The American League contenders are still a good team, though, and they proved it against the Twins (who have now lost 18 straight playoff games).
Following the series win over Minnesota, shortstop Carlos Correa had a message for his team’s haters.
“I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here. But what are they going to say now?” he said.
Carlos Correa: "I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don't want to see us here. But what are they going to say now?"
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 30, 2020
Unsurprisingly, MLB fans aren’t taking his comment very well.
“They might just say you don’t deserve the World Series ring you have and cheating should have consequences. Beats me, though. People say all kinds of things,” one fan wrote back.
“It’s amazing how little self-awareness these clowns have. They cheated. Period. And somehow they continue to act like they are the victims and that everyone’s disdain for them is unfair. A little contrition would be nice,” another fan added.
“Nobody said they weren’t talented. Cheating has completely ruined their reputation and nobody will look at them the same way again. Their “title” is tainted and they should be prepared to be booed for the rest of their careers,” one fan said.
It’s tough to argue with that.
The Astros, meanwhile, will face the winner of the White Sox vs. A’s series in the ALDS.