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Sport Arash Markazi: Astros fans shouldn't feel guilty about the joy they felt during 2017 World Series

08:55  26 january  2020
08:55  26 january  2020 Source:   latimes.com

LA City Council to vote on resolution demanding Dodgers be given 2017 and 2018 World Series trophies

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SEE ALSO: How to make yourself care about the World Series . — Arash Markazi (@ ArashMarkazi ) October 24, 2017 . The "10" is where the temperature goes. shot of the World Series logo on the sleeve of a Houston Astros jersey during Game 1 of the 2017 World OCTOBER 24: Fans cheer before game one of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los

The World Series game between the LA Dodgers and Houston Astros was 103 degrees during the first pitch. The first game of the 2017 World Series was hot. SEE ALSO: How to make yourself care about the World Series . — Arash Markazi (@ ArashMarkazi ) October 24, 2017 .

LOS ANGELES — There are always going to be some sports fans who want history to be viewed differently. The latest example involves the Houston Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked baseball this offseason.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Fans of the Houston Astros react to losing the lead to the Washington Nationals in Game 7 of The World Series on October 30, 2019, in Houston. The Washington Nationals would go on to win their first-ever franchise World Series title.© Sergio Flores/Getty Images North America/TNS Fans of the Houston Astros react to losing the lead to the Washington Nationals in Game 7 of The World Series on October 30, 2019, in Houston. The Washington Nationals would go on to win their first-ever franchise World Series title.

In the immediate aftermath of Major League Baseball’s investigation, Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was Hinch’s bench coach during their 2017 World Series season, lost his job. (MLB is investigating whether the Red Sox used similar tactics during their 2018 World Series championship season.)

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  Indians' Clevinger rips Astros: Sign-stealing 'worse than steroids' As the fallout from the Houston Astros' ever-expanding sign-stealing scandal continues, some players are candidly speaking their minds, and none have been quite as blunt as Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger. The right-hander took to Twitter on Thursday to declare Houston's method of cheating as "worse than steroids." Best part is their fans still actin with the same pompous ass attitude those boys walked with, while taking millions of dollars from boys and jobs completely, staring at the camera, carrying a bat to first, maybe some don’t get it.But this is worse than steroids.

Astros ' late meltdown helps Dodgers tie World Series in Game 4. I honestly didn’ t think the Dodgers had a chance when they gave up that first run. That’s really been this World Series though: every time you think you’ve figured out how it’s going to go, it throws a curveball at you.

Astros grab World Series advantage after win over Dodgers in Game 3. Astros fans are starting to sniff the finish line here. There’s a pretty enthusiastic applause for the out. An additional run or two here would make Houston feel a lot more confident. McCann is up first, and he works a full count

Even recently-named New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who played for the 2017 Astros, was ousted.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ask Commissioner Rob Manfred to award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles while there are several online petitions asking the commissioner to at least vacate the 2017 World Series championship.

While the commissioner has no interest in “trying to change what happened,” Houston’s World Series title is forever tainted as is anyone who was on that team. “Houston Asterisks” shirts and hats are already popping up everywhere with about two months to go before Opening Day.

The sign-stealing scheme was common knowledge to most anyone wearing an Astros championship ring today. They weren’t surprised by MLB’s findings, just that they got caught. The group still wrestling with the reality that their championship is forever tainted are Astros fans, who did nothing wrong but support a team they thought embodied the heart, fight and resiliency of their community.

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On Sunday, millions of fans watched the World Series on television, and 41,000 people saw it from Minute Maid Park. But only one watched the Astros ’ “The gravity of everything just felt awesome,” he says. “When Alex Bregman hit the walk-off hit in the tenth, watching the ballpark shake as the crowd

The Houston Chronicle wrote that the scandal “now has fans feeling ‘disappointed,’ ‘embarrassed’ and ‘duped.’ ” Astros fan Michael Hargrove added, “I think the whole cheating scandal brings more shame than honor to Houston. The true fans here in Houston are proud of our teams win or lose, but to cheat is outright disgraceful.”

Sports reporter and Astros fan Jill Jelnick wrote an op-ed for the San Antonio Express about dropping her favorite team. “I’m breaking up with the Houston Astros,” she wrote. “The Astros cheated on us.”

Houston’s connection with the Astros team that won the 2017 World Series is different from the relationship most cities have with their championship clubs. Sure, it was the first World Series title in franchise history, but it meant so much more than that.

The Astros won the World Series nine weeks after Hurricane Harvey, the storm that led to more than 100 deaths and displaced more than 30,000 people.

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The last time they won the World Series , the Astros were as old as the Rockies. Nobody is worried about the Rockies’ legacy of pain. The Houston Astros are the World Series champs for the first time in their history. Congratulations upon congratulations to them .

I felt guilty about taking vacation or sick days, saying no to new projects when I was stretched too thin, or really being assertive about anything at all. It’s great to go above and beyond for noble missions and inspirational outcomes at work when they feel worth it to you. A job that gives you passion and

Many in Houston watched the Astros clinch the World Series at Dodger Stadium on televisions in ravaged living rooms. As they tried to piece together their lives, the Astros offered a much-needed respite. They were a ray of light for a city looking for some hope.

Nothing that happens now can take away how that team made that city feel at that time. No sanction or punishment can erase the joy the Astros provided Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey when fans danced and celebrated in streets still lined with storm debris.

This isn’t to excuse what the Astros did, of course, but simply highlight that it’s impossible to change the past and our feelings, for better and for worse.

It reminded me of Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles (1999-2005) after admitting to doping. I had Armstrong’s picture taped on the wall of my hospital room when I went through cancer treatment in 2001 and 2005. Both times I was diagnosed came in the summer and the Tour de France was always on television. A framed yellow jersey autographed by Armstrong still hangs in my home.

Rob Manfred: MLB Will Not Strip Astros, Red Sox of World Series Titles

  Rob Manfred: MLB Will Not Strip Astros, Red Sox of World Series Titles MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred went on the Fox Business channel on Wednesday morning in his first public interview since he dropped the hammer on the Houston Astros for the sign-stealing scandal that has dominated baseball discourse for the better part of this offseason. He was asked about the Los Angeles City Council resolution calling for MLB to award the 2017 and 2018 World Series championships to the Dodgers, and discussed the issues that would come along with stripping the teams of their titles in favor of awarding them to the losing side, confirming the two franchises would be keeping their championship banners: “Whatever the impact of the sign stealing was, it

Astros fans felt a familiar ache during this year’s League Championship series . After getting a two-game lead on the Yankees at home, the series went to New York, where the Astros ’ bats fell silent. The Yankees proceeded to churn out three decisive wins in a row. It looked like the Astros had blown

The World Series is going the distance. The Dodgers rallied past the Astros , 3-1, in Game 6 to set up a winner-take-all game on Wednesday. I also noted that it was Dodger fans who were most outraged when MLB did not suspend Gurriel during the World Series .

It’s not for Armstrong but for what he represented to me during that time in my life. Each time he raised his hands while wearing that jersey through the cobblestone streets of Champs-Elysees, it symbolized the fairy-tale ending all of us in the hospital going through cancer treatment were hoping to achieve.

While I no longer view Armstrong as a champion, I refuse to forget what he symbolized for me during a time when I needed some hope, whether it was real or manufactured in hindsight.

As tainted as the Astros’ World Series title is now, that’s no fault of Astros fans and the city of Houston. No asterisk or punishment can ever change what that team did for that city during its darkest hour.

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Hal Steinbrenner wants to ‘move on’ from Astros sign-stealing scandal .
Don’t expect Steinbrenner’s stance to be adopted by everyone associated with the 2017 Yankees team that lost to Houston in the ALCS. The Astros are known to have used their electronic sign stealing operation during the playoffs, and they won all four home games in that series. Steinbrenner knows his team has an excellent chance to win a championship in 2020 and can focus on that going forward. Not every member of the 2017 Yankees has that luxury.

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