It sticks, and not because the players didn’t deserve second chances but because there’s a sense they got off free from their first. Even Baker, who has an almost flawless touch with people, can only spray so much deodorant on the situation. When Altuve comes to the plate Tuesday night, leading off in the bottom of the first, it’ll be hard to separate the moment from the past. MLB concluded that the Astros had stopped the trash-can-banging scam by the time they reached the 2019 World Series. Most people in the game think that’s, um, garbage.

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