As if this week hadn’t already been bad enough for the Houston Astros, it got a bit worse on Saturday afternoon when they faced the Washington Nationals in the spring training opener.
Astros getting booed at spring training pic.twitter.com/bIRQT5wQYz— Gump Cathcart (@bubbagumpino) February 22, 2020
The Astros took the field at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and were welcomed by the fans with an eruption of boos. The two teams share the facility, but it was Houston's home game.
Astros take the field and are loudly booed.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) February 22, 2020
Fans are just booing whoever they can, with the entire Astros lineup having zero to do with 2017 or the sign-stealing scandal. But sure, let's let Abraham Toro really have it.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) February 22, 2020
And now the Astros take the field to boos.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) February 22, 2020
Since 2017 Washington and Houston have shared their spring training facility in West Palm Beach and made it a tradition to kick off their respective Grapefruit League schedules against each other. They will play six times this spring - though Saturday's opener was postponed by rain after a scoreless two innings.
One courageous fan really got into the act, holding up a sign reading "Houston *'s" that was eventually confiscated by ballpark personnel, according to the Associated Press.
If this start is any indication of what they will face throughout this season, it's going to be a long 2020 for the Astros.
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