It's weird to say it out loud, but the coronavirus pandemic really couldn't have come at a better time for the Houston Astros. During early stages of Spring Training, the club was being jeered to no end as a result of the fallout of MLB's investigation into their sign-stealing scandal. With COVID-19, racism protests and the league's negotiations about the 2020 season taking center stage in recent months, the Astros' shameful cheating operation has really become an afterthought among baseball fans, even being overshadowed in recent days by a sealed Yankees letter about nothing. With all of this in mind, this compilation of Houston being heckled throughout the preseason is as timely as ever.
Forget about the senseless negotiations between owners and the players' association. Pay no mind to the very real potential of commissioner Rob Manfred stepping in to install his own layout so that baseball is played this year.
Instead, exert all of your energy watching Jose Altuve and the rest of the Astros' rule-breakers get booed tirelessly by fans at Spring Training.
These were much simpler times and they deserve notoriety amid all the pessimism surrounding the sport.