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José Altuve loudly booed in his first spring training at bat

Washington Nationals v Houston Astros

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout in the first inning during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 22, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

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The Astros and sign-stealing has, quite obviously, been the story of the offseason. The basic news of the scandal has, quite understandably, led the headlines, but the response to the news on the part of Astros players and officials has managed to perpetuate it. What I originally figured would last only a few weeks before dying down has not, by any stretch of the imagination, died down.

In related news, the Houston Astros made the trip to Lakeland today to take on the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game. You’ll not be surprised that José Altuve, making his first trip to the plate this spring training, was given a less-than-warm greeting by Tigers fans:

And that’s coming from Tigers fans who probably have less to be excited about than any fan base in baseball at the moment. Imagine when fans who haven’t been beaten down by their own team’s futility and lack of hope greet the Astros.

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