The Houston Astros opened the door for some bonafide hate this offseason, and it's flowing at full force now that Spring Training is underway.
After Cody Bellinger ripped into the Astros early on Friday, Cincinnati Reds starter Trevor Bauer became the latest player to eviscerate Houston for their sign-stealing scandal. The former Indians ace has been outspoken offseason long about the 'Stros and their cheating ways, and he saw a plethora of responses this week and chose to level up.
"I'm not going to let them forget the fact they are hypocrites," said Bauer in a tirade. " They are cheaters. They've stolen from a lot of other people, and the game itself was completely unfair."
Did it get NSFW? Oh, you bet it did.
His comments fall closely in line with those of Bellinger, who specifically called out Jose Altuve for stealing the AL MVP award from New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge in 2017.
Bauer, in particular, has been suspicious of the Astros for quite some time, so this offseason has been his chance to remind everyone that what they did was a disgrace to the game of baseball.
And at the end of the day, the Astros brought this on themselves. They chose to throw the integrity of the game to the wind, and have subsequently drawn the ire and hatred of every team they've ever come across.
Bauer's rant, and the distaste we felt from every other player speaking on the situation, is something that the Astros and their players are going to have to live with for a long time.