Trevor Bauer was up to his usual antics after picking up his first win as a Los Angeles Dodger.
Bauer went six hitless innings, but ended up giving up four earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. His debut was a successful one, especially given the amount of run support the Dodgers gave him. Last season with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer got over seven runs of support just once. On Friday night, he received 10+ runs to mess with. Not bad.
Yet, Bauer made more headlines in his postgame news conference, when he took another shot at a familiar foe in the Houston Astros. If we’ve learned anything about Dodgers fans, this will only endear them to him more.
Bauer is referencing MLB’s new video rules, which puts further restrictions on just what tape players can watch during and after games. It’s in response to the 2017-18 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, in which the team used in-game video to relay signs to hitters.
No, MLB’s video rule isn’t called the ‘Astro rules’, even if Bauer thinks it should be
This is just vintage Bauer. He’s always trying to rile up an opposing fanbase, and constantly expects to be hated by Houston. Even in MLB free agency, when Bauer flirted with all 30 teams en route to eventually choosing his hometown Dodgers, the Astros weren’t really deemed a threat. It would’ve made for an interesting story, but it was never a realistic one. Bauer hates the Astros, and Houston hates him back.
The Astros 2017 World Series season still stands, even if it has a virtual asterisk attached to it. Baseball won’t forget the actions that led to a tainted season and World Series ring as a result.