MLB's unprecedented season during the coronavirus pandemic ends with a playoff schedule where teams play at neutral sites across the country.
The AL Divisional Series between the A’s and Houston Astros began Monday in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium, with any home-field advantage in the best-of-five series extending only to the order in which the teams would pat.
However, when it came to where the Astros would have their lockers, the Dodgers didn’t want them placing their stuff in the home clubhouse.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser spoke to a Dodgers employee on Sunday who made it very clear they were happy the A’s were the higher seed, forcing the Astros to use the visiting clubhouse.
“Yeah, we definitely didn’t want Houston in our clubhouse,” the employee told Slusser.
During the offseason, A’s starter Mike Fiers blew the whistle on the Astros and revealed how Houston electronically stole signs during their 2017 World Series run. The Astros defeated the Dodgers in seven games in the Fall Classic.
The sign-stealing scandal extended beyond the Astros, Dodgers and A’s, leading to widespread criticism of Houston and a lot of distrust around MLB.
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood even tweeted back in January he would rather face a player who was taking steroids as opposed to one who knew every pitch that was coming.