Twitter user @AsterikTour has gained notoriety recently for constantly barraging the Houston Astros in the aftermath of their cheating scandal. The account (appropriately named “2020 Astros Shame Tour”) has amassed 118,000 followers and pulls no punches with its intentions. From the account’s bio:
One year to shame them all, one year to jeer them, one year to boo them all and from your seat deride them.
Asterik Tour’s sadistic nature towards the Astros leads one to believe the account's mastermind is a Yankees or Dodgers fan. Houston stole signs in 2017, when they beat New York (ALCS) and Los Angeles (World Series) in the postseason. The account's architect is a fan of neither squad, however.
27-year-old Brendan Donley is a Cubs fan.
According to the Washington Post, Donley, who lives in Michigan, became obsessed with the fallout of Houston’s scandal. He wanted a centralized location to keep up with all things Astros and took matters into his own hands.
“If I’m obsessed, I figured maybe other people are, too,” Donley told the Washington Post
Donley posts memes relating to the scandal, videos of Astros players getting plunked in spring training games and fan-made signs jeering the club. He made it clear he doesn't wish for the players to be harmed but didn't think much of the team's apologies post-scandal.
Lol just noticed this in one of the pics tonight pic.twitter.com/MRMDGuXPOv— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) February 23, 2020
Someone talk me out of it... pic.twitter.com/MRZqfMee6W— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) February 24, 2020
Down goes Bregman. pic.twitter.com/S6S1D1eP8h— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) February 26, 2020
“For some people, there’s nothing they could say that could return them to good graces," Donley said, "but for a lot of us, if you just said ‘I’m really sorry, I know I did something wrong, I’ll never do it again and we feel ashamed for what we’ve done,’ I feel like people would accept that.”
That's a fair assessment. The fact a Cubs fan is so passionate on the scandal shows the scrutiny towards Houston isn't going away anytime soon.