And they wasted no time letting the Astros hear it Tuesday night.
The crowd on the top deck and in the stands shouted “Cheaters! To the Houston players during warm-ups. When the Astros hit home runs in batting practice, fans returned the balls to the outfield.
The first trash can – although inflatable – came out of the right field stands at the bottom of the first run.
It was the first chance Dodgers fans had to heckle the Astros in person at Chavez Ravine since their sign-stealing scandal – hitting a real trash can to signal opponents’ pitches – was revealed in late 2019. Houston defeated LA in the 2017 World Series, winning Game 7 at Dodger Stadium.
“I think we’re kind of in the mode that’s another really good ball club coming to Dodger Stadium that we have to try to beat,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I know the fans haven’t had that opportunity so I think they feel there’s a potential shutdown in that aspect. “
Houston visited Dodger Stadium last year when crowds were not allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Altuve, Carlos Correa and the Astros have been heckled throughout the season in stadiums across the country, but not when they played to the capacity they had for Game 1 of that two-game series.
The boisterous boos didn’t affect Altuve, who fielded a single down the middle to start the game before Michael Brantley settled into a double play. Walker Buehler struck out Correa to end the inning.
Only four players from the Houston roster who have played in this World Series were active _ Altuve, Correa, Yuli Gurriel and Lance McCullers Jr., who started on Tuesday. Fans weren’t booing players who weren’t on the roster.
Los Angeles still had six active players who were in uniform – Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner.
This was the fifth series the teams have faced off since the 2017 Fall Classic. The Dodgers are 5-4 in those games, with the teams parting to a two-game series in Houston in May. .