Examining the media's role in stoking Astros hate

Following Dusty Baker's comments about fans booing the Houston Astros, many media members, including Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, have been very vocal in defending, rationalizing, if not outright calling for, fans booing the Astros. Is the media provoking fans into a dangerous frenzy?

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One of the surprising elements to come out of Astros Fan Fest over the weekend was Jeff Bagwell's role speaking with the media about the state of the team. The Astros have three assistant general managers that were asked to speak, all declined, leaving Bagwell to answer all the questions.

Plus, when Jose Abreu spoke at Fan Fest about signing with the club, he thanked Jim Crane, and wait for it, Jeff Bagwell.

The Astros are expected to hire a GM, and we've been seeing reports about interviews taking place. But will Bagwell remain as the mouthpiece of the organization, acting as a buffer between the new GM and owner Jim Crane?

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