Phillies-Astros World Series: Another billboard calling out the Houston cheating scandal appeared on I-95

Both major Philadelphia highways are now decked out with billboards reminding the world that the Houston Astros stole cues from their opponents during the team’s 2017 World Series Championship.

Yesterday, it was a billboard on the I-76 that said sarcastically, “She had a funny banner but the Astros stole it!” This was brought up by Top Dog Law for Personal Injury. On Tuesday, another billboard appeared on I-95 heading north toward the sports complex. It says, “Hey Astros, you can’t steal this sign!” This billboard was paid for by Drew Katz, CEO of Interstate Outdoor Advertising.

The feud between the Phillies and the Astros, and their respective fan bases, began escalating ahead of Tuesday night’s third game at Citizens Bank Park, with the World Series tied 1-1. Waiting an extra day, thanks to Monday night’s rain that postponed the match, only added fuel to the fire.

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander smiled and flipped a birdie at Pheles fans twice on Monday, leading some to incorrectly speculate that the exchange originated from Philly fans who somehow broke the window of the Astros team bus. Verlander later clarified that the back-and-forth was all a joke, and that Velez fans were not responsible for the smashed window on the bus.

Verlander may have picked up the “mother tongue” from Carson Wallace, the five-year-old who attended Game 1 in Houston and encountered an Astros fan. As Wallace shouted, “F the Astros.” This is after another young Phillies fan turned on a San Diego reporter during the NLCS. Verlander is not wrong here.

But the entire cheat subscript for the 2022 World Championships, from the Astros’ Martín Maldonado using an illegal racket in Game 1 to bowler Framber Valdez Alleging the use of a sticky substance On the hill in Game 2, it’s starting to turn into a larger discussion about baseball’s suspicious behavior.

“Best Show Ever?” said Athletic’s Jason Stark on Tuesday. The podcast suspects the league is turning a blind eye to bowlers who may be using material to improve ball control and ball rotation. Stark noted that there has been virtually no discipline in the league since last season’s crackdown on shooters using the resin Spider Tack.

“For that reason, you shouldn’t think that everything that’s going on is just Astros,” Stark said.

Fair enough, if true, but the scandal of 2017, which involved Astros players hitting trash cans to inform hitters of out-of-speed pitches, is one of the most egregious examples of coordinated cheating in professional sports. It’s hard to live that kind of thing, even if Houston has cleaned up the club ever since.

Perhaps that’s why a BetOnline poll found that 88% of the country want the Phillies to win the world championship.

When a city whose sports motto, “Nobody likes us, we don’t care,” gets that kind of support, it’s a very clear sign that the Astros ruined its image and the people involved in the 2017 scandal have no one to blame themselves.

For all the money spent on these billboards, someone has to pay the Phils to blast this song into the field when the Astros hit.

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