When Aledmys Diaz flied out with a runner on first to end Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the bad guys finally lost.
“The legacy of this group is that these guys are ballplayers, and these guys are men,” said Baker, who took over the team in January. “They’ve been through a whole bunch other than on the ballfield, and these guys can forget whatever problems that they’ve had that’s out there and come together as a group. These guys will be forever friends.”
Houston fell behind early and never caught up in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 7 on Saturday night, coming up short of an astonishing series comeback after three consecutive victories.
Although they couldn’t quite conjure one more incredible postseason feat, this playoff run should be a of pride for these Astros long after the boos stop.
If fans are allowed back in most stadiums in 2021, this tarnished franchise probably won’t hear the end of 2020 anytime soon — but the Astros who return next season plan to greet the condemnation with the same mental toughness they demonstrated this month.
“I think we showed the kind of team we are,” said Lance McCullers Jr., who pitched four-hit ball into the fourth inning as the Game 7 starter.