Ben Maller: “I am so sick and tired of hearing from the holier than thou baseball media going ‘iT’s bEeN sIxTeEn mOnThS! lEt iT gO!’ FOOEY I say. Are Angels fans throwing trash cans onto the field ‘fair’ or ‘unfair?’ It is 1000% fair. This was a job well done in Anaheim. It wasn’t just Angels fans, it was Dodgers and Angels fans working in chorus. This was a collaborative effort here uniting as brothers against evil in baseball, with one common goal to goof on the worst cheaters in professional sports of our lifetime. It was outstanding and it was poetry in motion. To the idiots who don’t understand, it proves to you that the wound is still fresh. While the Dodgers were robbed of a World Series, the Angels had no chance to compete because the Astros were doing the ‘BANG, BANG’ on the trash can, the whistles, and we believe the buzzers during the regular season. This was cathartic. Rob Manfred allowed the cheating to go unpunished. Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa were the leads in the 2017 scam, and they were empowered by the league office because they did not even get a slap on the wrist. They laughed and they stuck their tongue out and said ‘HAHA’ to everyone in baseball. I hope you enjoy when it’s raining down trash cans for the rest of your professional career because you’re cheaters and you’re a loser! You’ve been branded! This was a cleansing of the baseball soul!” (Full Audio Rant Above)
(VIDEOS BELOW): Listen to Ben Maller discuss Monday rowdy night in Los Angeles during the Angels vs. Astros game, where LA fans were trolling the Astros all night for their infamous 2017 cheating scandal by throwing inflatable garbage cans onto the field, and at one point throwing a real trash ban over the railing and onto the outfield warning track.
Former Astros pitcher, Mike Fiers was the first person to blow the whistle on the illicit sign-stealing scandal that became the biggest form of cheating in baseball history.
Fiers, who pitched for the team from 2015-2017, said the team had a TV monitor around the home dugout at Minute Maid Park that had a clear and magnified view of the opponents’ catcher that was shot from a discrete center field camera.
Astros staff would then watch the rigged up monitor in the tunnel while Houston players were batting, to see where the opposing catcher was setting up and what fingers he was throwing down. They would then relay to the Astros batter up at the plate which pitch was likely coming next by literally banging on trash cans, whistling, or hitting the ceiling of the dugout to signal if it was an off-speed pitch or a fastball.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa finally admitted on camera that he indeed used the team’s infamous trash can banging system to gain an advantage at the plate during the 2017 season.
Check out videos from the crazy scene below.