The heated history of the Yankees-Astors intense rivalry

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve

The Yankees and Astros turned into a heated rivalry back in 2017. New York and Houston faced off in the ALCS with a trip to the World Series on the line. The series was unbelievable. It was full of comebacks, crazy home runs, and heartbreaking losses for both teams. However, in the end, the Astros came out on top. A seven-game series ended with a 4-0 victory in Houston’s favor. 

The loss was incredibly heartbreaking. The 2017 Yankee roster was seen as a “rebuilding” team. With the help of young stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, they turned into a World Series contender. After overcoming a two-game deficit against the Indians in the ALDS, New York was ready for their shot at the pennant. They felt short, however. The Astros would go on to win the World Series as the Yankees sat home watching. 

In 2018, it looked like the Yankees might have another chance. If the Yankees and Astros both won their ALDS matchups, they would be back yet again. However, the Boston Red Sox stood in their way. The Yankees fell short in four games to Boston. The Red Sox then beat the Astros in the ALCS and took down the Dodgers in the World Series. 

The Bombers would have their chance at revenge in 2019, however. It would be New York against Houston in the ALCS once again. Many felt this would be the year the Yankees finally made it back to the World Series. 

They fell short yet again—this time in six games. A DJ LeMahieu game-tying home run late in game six wasn’t enough. Jose Altuve walked it off in the bottom of the ninth and sent the Yankees home packing. 

After the 2019 season concluded, something interesting was discovered regarding the Astros. They looked back at games from 2017 and heard strange banging from the dugout while Houston was batting. The banging started as soon as the opposing catcher would give signs. The number of bangs also varied. Through this, they discovered that the Astros were stealing signs. However, they couldn’t quite figure out how. 

This had fans going nuts. In 2017, the Astros won the world series. If they did cheat, that would’ve affected many teams’ chances at a championship: one being the New York Yankees.

The MLB launched a full investigation, and this story gained national attention. Astros manager AJ Hinch and several players denied these allegations. However, the MLB discovered that Houston had been using a camera in center field to steal signs. They had a whole setup in which an Astros employee would watch a live feed on a monitor near the clubhouse. Then when the employee saw the sign, he would convey it to the Astros dugout. Then someone would bang on a trash can. If they hit the trash can once, it was a fastball. If they hit it twice, it was a breaking pitch.

You can imagine this made Yankee fans’ blood boil. Not only did the Astros beat the Yankees in the ALCS, but Aaron Judge was outvoted by Jose Altuve for an MVP award as well. It became one of the biggest cheating scandals in sports history. 

Almost every baseball fan was ready to hit the Astros with loud boo’s in 2020. But, the Astros lucked out again. The world was hit with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the MLB announced that there would be no fans in attendance. 

However, now in 2021, the Yankees fans are ready for the Astros in the Bronx. It will be the first time the two will face each other since 2019. It was already a huge rivalry before, but now, it’s a can’t miss series. 

Tune in tomorrow as the Yankees take on the Astros in the first of a three-game series. Although the Yankee Stadium capacity is only 20%, the fans are still going to be roaring in the concrete jungle. First pitch will be at 7:05 pm EST under the bright New York lights.

Should the New York Mets Fire Carlos Beltran?

New York Mets to interview Carlos Beltran.

The New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros are the respective heel characters in their sports because of their tainted success. Whether anyone agrees with their methods, they achieved things many teams fall short of year after year. After A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora lost their jobs due to the cheating scandal, firing Carlos Beltran will do more harm than good for the New York Mets future.

Beltran was a player during the time of the incident, and if we are going to throw him in with the coaches, then the other players should be dragged in as well. The penalties on the Astros were weak, and as a long-suffering Mets fan, I would gladly take the penalties to get a World Series ring. My opinion would easily differ if my job was on the line.

I would like to hear the excuse for the Astros playing better on the road during the 2017 season, but that is another topic for a much longer article.

Give Beltran a Chance

What the Astros did was cheating. Beltran gets dragged into the whole mess because he was the veteran of the team who was in the year of his career. It was not his responsibility to stop the sign stealing. His duty is equal with the other 24 men who he played with. If Beltran received a penalty, every hitter who spent time on the Astros roster in 2017 deserves a suspension.

Beltran is still a brilliant baseball mind, and his actions as a player should not equal his actions as a manager. The Mets should try to gain every legal advantage they can because clearly what they have done for the last 30 years has not resulted in any resounding success.

Many detractors of Beltran say it will be a massive distraction with the media if he stays. It will only be a distraction if the Mets allow it to be. Beltran and the Mets organization does not need to answer any question they feel is not relevant to the Mets. We have seen the Wilpons and the organization control the media narrative multiple times throughout the years, so why can’t they do it again?

While everything is still fresh with both the Astros and Red Sox investigations, the best the Mets can do is lay low and continue to handle themselves the way they have been. If the Mets want to create a distraction and media circus, they easily can. Keeping Beltran and allowing him to create his legacy as a manager will be the easiest way to bury any doubts about him.