Let’s take a trip back in time. While this may not be the best of memories for Dodger fans, it’s still a part of history and something worth remembering. Back in 2017, the Dodgers reached the World Series for the first time since 1988. They had one of the best teams in the league and everything just left like it was “the” year for the franchise to get back on top of the championship mountain. Yet, fate had other ideas as the team was defeated by the Houston Astros in seven games in heartbreak fashion. However, this wasn’t even the worst of it.
While most fans can agree that when a team loses it stings but you can chalk it up to them not performing up to the standards that they have set. But when it comes out a few years later that the team that won was cheating, it makes things far worse. That’s exactly what happened to the Dodgers as the Astros were caught cheating during their World Series matchup, ultimately leading to them taking the crown. Dodger fans have hated the Astros ever since and even to this day, they haven’t forgotten or forgiven Houston. Just look at this recent poll conducted prior to the teams series against Houston this weekend.
Are you over the Astros sign stealing scandal that robbed the 2017 World Series from the Dodgers?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 23, 2023
Clearly Dodger fans aren’t over the scandal and rightfully so. Houston stole a chance for that special 2017 Dodger team to forever be known as champions. They tainted the game of baseball and weren’t even really punished for it. Commissioner Rob Manfred hardly handed down any real consequences and just recently even spoke about his regret in not doing more to punish the team.
It’s a shame if were are being honest because the Dodgers were robbed of a title. Instead of being labeled as chokers for most playoff runs, LA should have two titles in the last six years. The Dodgers should have been the team that hoists a flag in their ballpark claiming to be the 2017 World Series winners.
But the sheer fact that LA took Houston to seven games while the Astros were actively cheating and knowing what pitches were coming their way, tells you everything you need to know. The Dodgers were the best team that year and they were cheated. Simple as that.
Dodger fans may never got over the 2017 scandal and that series will forever have an asterisk associated with it. Luckily for the fans, LA did win a World Series a few years later but it doesn’t take away the pain from 2017. Nothing ever will and the Astros will remain as one of the bigger rivals of the team going forward.
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