Angry interviews aren’t the only way MLB players are making their thoughts on the Houston Astros known in spring training.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and teammate Kris Bryant, let ESPN mic him up for a plate appearance during Monday’s spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels. It was an entertaining experience watching a veteran MLB slugger go through the mental work of an at-bat.
That included the guesswork of what pitch was coming next. When Rizzo couldn’t figure out what was coming, he threw out an obvious joke at the Astros’ expense.
Anthony Rizzo makes an Astros joke
— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2020
“I have no idea. I wish I knew. Someone bang for me,” Rizzo said.
Something tells us that Rizzo won’t be the only hitter to make that joke at the plate this year.
Rizzo ended up reaching base one pitch later thanks to a beautiful piece of hitting.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 2, 2020
Bryant also made a joke during his at-bat that could be interpreted as mocking the Astros, telling Angels catcher Jason Castro that he’s mic’d up and the broadcasters were “going to tell me everything.” Of course, he could have easily made that joke without the context of the Astros using a camera to relay pitch signs.
Trevor Bauer takes another shot at Astros
The Cubs aren’t the only NL Central team mocking the Astros in spring training. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, well-known for his loathing of the Astros, opted for a more demonstrative performance.
While facing Los Angeles Dodgers hitters, Bauer deliberately told them what pitch was coming.
"He's gonna start telling batters what's coming. ... It's just here it comes, try to hit it."
Trevor Bauer was indicating to Dodgers' batters what pitch he was throwing. pic.twitter.com/WyXULCCe98
— ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2020
So that’s where we are in the reception of the Astros following an offseason of complete disgrace.
Mostly past the sniping and calls for bigger punishments for the team’s players, now onto on-field jokes. We’ll see if the deliberate plunkings start picking up when the regular season begins.
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