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If you're sick of MLB fans giving those 'Damn Astros' the business, consider this

If you're sick of MLB fans giving those 'Damn Astros' the business, consider this
Kyle Tucker was booed mercilessly at the All-Star Game. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images.

Now batting for the American League, from the Houston Astros, Kyle Tucker.

Boo!

Astros fans don’t get it. Why are they booing Tucker at an All-Star Game in Seattle? He plays for the American League, the home team in this game, the same side as the Seattle Mariners. If they’re booing because of the 2017 World Series, Tucker wasn’t even on that team – he was playing for Buies Creek and Corpus Christi in the minors those six long years ago. For the record, the Buies Creek Astros were a Single A affiliate in North Carolina. They’ve since relocated up the road and are now the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, maybe the best team name in all of baseball.

There’s only two Astros still on the roster from the 2017 scandal Astros, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, and neither is an All-Star this season. So when is this booing crap gonna stop?

It’s not. Actually there is one way for it to stop and Astros fans don't want any part of it. It’s for the Astros to become losers, non-playoff contenders, humbled nobodies. As Reggie Jackson said, “fans don’t boo nobodies.”

So as long as the Astros keep winning division titles, American League pennants and World Series, they’re going to get boo’d and hooted and jeered. Fans of other teams, particularly in Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and New York, are going to despise the Astros. As Shakespeare would put it, those cities are tired of suffering the slings and arrows of the Astros outrageous fortunes.

So they boo – that’s all they got.

Think of the teams that get boo’d for seemingly no good reason: the Dallas Cowboys, the Duke University men’s basketball team, the New York Yankees. Sure, none of them has won squat in recent years, but still they’re hated wherever they go, That’s because losing is fleeting, but the stink of winning sticks with you.

Heck, the Yankees have won one lousy World Series in the past 20 years, but they’re still boo’d in every stadium outside The Bronx like Babe Ruth was in the on deck circle. You know, Boston had won four World Series and San Francisco three in the past two decades and fans aren’t booing their current players just for wearing Giants and Red Sox uniforms.

Consider this, in 1955 a musical-comedy called Damn Yankees hit Broadway and swept the Tony Awards. The play was based on a book called The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. It’s about a baseball fan who’s sick and tired of watching the Yankees win year after year, so he sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the Yankees failing to win the American League pennant.

Damn Yankees is a comedy, but there’s always a little truth in comedy. Between 1936 and 1964, (29 years) the Bronx Bombers won 22 American League pennants and 16 World Series. And that was back when only two teams made the post-season.

Yeah, there was good reason to hate the Yankees back then and still now. So you kinda understand why fans around the country aren’t particularly fond of the Astros these days. Booing the Astros has taken on a life of its own, and it’s going to live a long time. Fans just plain like to boo. One year in Philadelphia, they boo’d Santa Claus at an Eagles home game. What’d Santa do to deserve that?

You know that song, Everybody Loves a Winner? It’s not true. The Damn Astros are winners and unfortunately they’re just going to have to live with the consequences.

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Astros defeat the Orioles, 5-1. Composite Getty Image.

Ronel Blanco pitched seven strong innings and Chas McCormick homered twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Yordan Alvarez added a two-run shot to help Houston extend its winning streak to four games.

Blanco (8-2), who threw seven hitless innings in his last start, allowed four hits and a run with three strikeouts for his third straight win.

Alvarez put the Astros on top with his 16th homer, which came off Corbin Burnes (8-3) in the third, and McCormick made it 4-1 in the fifth. McCormick got his fifth career multihomer game when he connected again in the eighth.

Burnes allowed five hits, including a season-high two homers and a season-most four runs in seven innings to snap his career-best streak of 10 consecutive quality starts. He was 5-0 in seven starts since a loss at Washington on May 7.

Jordan Westburg homered in the second for the Orioles, who set a franchise record with 21 straight games with a home run to surpass the 1998 squad's 20-game streak.

Baltimore had troubled stringing hits together Saturday after scoring 28 runs combined in the last two games. The top four batters in their order combined to go 1 for 13 against Blanco and Houston's bullpen.

Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless eighth before Josh Hader struck out two in a perfect ninth to end it.

Westburg connected off Blanco with one out in the second to put the Orioles up 1-0.

Yainer Diaz opened Houston’s second with a triple on a line drive to right field. The Astros tied it when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauricio Dubón with one out.

McCormick singled with no outs in the third and the shot to center field by Alvarez came with two outs to put Houston on top 3-1.

McCormick’s home run to the seats in left field extended the lead to 4-1 with one out in the fifth.

Cedric Mullins tripled off the wall in center with one out in the seventh. Colton Cowser hit a sharp line drive, but was robbed of a hit when shortstop Jeremy Peña made a leaping catch for the second out. Blanco then retired Ramón Urías to end the inning and leave Mullins stranded.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP Jake Bloss, who made his major league debut Friday night, was placed on the injured list with right shoulder discomfort.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: RHP Nick Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday night. ... LHP Bryan King was selected to the MLB roster and RHP Luis Contreras was recalled from Sugar Land on Saturday. … RHP Alex Speas was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Houston LHP Framber Valdez (5-5, 3.91 ERA) opposes RHP Albert Suárez (3-1, 2.05) in the series finale Sunday.

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