The Oakland A’s fell to the Astros Thursday night after making a point to say they wanted to face their bitter rivals in the American League Division Series, and Houston is reveling in it.
Taking the series in four games, finishing it off with an 11-6 win at Dodger Stadium in Los Angles, the Astros took to Twitter to bask in ending their rival’s season.
Houston starting catcher Martin Maldonado kicked off the taunting parade, writing, “They wanted us, they got us.” Dustin Garneau, another Astros catcher who had two previous stints with the A’s, had a special message for former A’s hurler turned NBC Sports California analyst Dallas Braden.
Garneau replayed a Braden video mocking the Astros earlier in the season.
The 37-year-old Braden wasted no time in responding. Garneau hit .158 with one home run this season behind Maldonado on the Astros’ depth chart.
“Great series Dustin. My ERA & your batting average finished up lookin’ pretty similar,” he wrote on Twitter. “6 minutes after the game & ive got a cocktail in my hand & you & your team scurry to your phones to tweet ME? A washed up never was turned below average podcaster? Enjoy your couch in LCS bud.”
The Astros have been baseball’s villains since a cheating scheme they used to propel themselves to the 2017 World Series was exposed this offseason.
“They closed the circle and got into each other,” manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday, as the Astros now await the winner of the Yankees-Rays series.
“It made them closer.”
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