Yankees fans waited a year-and-a-half for their opportunity to jeer the Astros for their tainted 2017 World Series title, and they took full advantage of it on Tuesday when Houston visited Yankee Stadium.
The Astros, the object of extreme vitriol by both fans and players, faced taunts, jeers, heckling and signage from New York fans, all the way from batting practice through the end of the 7-3 Yankees win. It was especially cathartic for Yankees fans, whose team fell in seven games to the Astros in the 2017 ALCS. It was the teams’ first meeting since Houston’s cheating scandal surfaced in November 2019.
That Houston retains only five players from the scandalous 2017 World Series-winning team on its active roster was of no matter to Yankees fans. Two players who were on that team — Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa — faced heckling as early as batting practice.
Altuve may have gotten the loudest boos of the night when he stepped up to the plate to open the game.
Other jeers included “You’re a racist” — aimed at Yuli Gurriel for his racist gesture in the 2017 World series — and “We don’t know you,” aimed at Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker, who didn’t join the team until 2020.
There were plenty of creative signs and props in the stadium as well, a good portion of them related to trash cans (which Houston used in its setup to steal signs from opposing teams).