COVID-19 has robbed sports fans of so much this year, including the Final Four, summer baseball, the Olympics and being able to attend sports events in person. But in this strange pandemic-infested world we live in now, 2020 just might provide us something we wouldn’t have been able to get in a normal year: a rematch of the Houston Astros and L.A. Dodgers in the World Series.
Good vs Evil. Dodgers vs Astros. It’s a chance for the Dodgers to pay back the team that they felt stole the World Series from them in 2017 with blatant cheating and sign stealing that they weren’t even punished for.
Both teams are four wins away from the rematch that would be must-see TV, and it shouldn’t even have been a possibility. The Astros had a losing record in the 60-game regular season, but since the playoffs were expanded to create more interest, they snuck in. The Dodgers have steamrolled teams all season long and are the clear-cut favorites to win their first title in 32 years.
The Astros eliminated the Oakland A’s 11-6 on Thursday. They now face the winner of the series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS. The Dodgers swept the Padres in their series, setting up their NLCS matchup against Atlanta.
There are no garbage cans to bang on this time. No video monitors set up to tell batters what pitch is coming. The Astros have proven that they are legitimate cheaters. They may have a shot to prove they are legit champions too.