The Astros and A’s animosity
The bad blood between the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros does not just involve Mike Fiers.
Let’s go back to August 9. Ramon Laureano had been worn out by Astros pitching during the three game series, being hit three times, including twice in that game. He had plenty to say as he headed down the first base line, then began jawing with Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron. Cintron then allegedly said something about Laureano’s mother, causing the A’s center fielder to charge the Astros dugout, sparking a benches clearing incident.
Postseason series get emotional. After all, both teams are battling to keep their season alive, with any play having the potential to make a difference. Pitches too far inside, or a celebration that is regarded as egregious, could spark tensions once again.
There are plenty of ways this could happen. We have Laureano and Cintron. Fiers against the remaining members of the 2017 roster. Hell, the A’s as a whole could be forgiven for having animosity towards the Astros franchise, as they may have cost Oakland a division and the ability to advance in the postseason.
It will all come to a head beginning on Monday. This series will be fascinating to watch.