“I Don’t Think That’s the Correct Way”: Rangers’ Adolis García Slams ‘Classless’ Houston Astros After Alleged Poor Reaction to His Bold Home Run

Published 10/20/2023, 10:03 PM EDT

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The Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers rivalry took things up a notch in Game 5 of a thrilling ALCS. Adolis García hit a home run in the clutch to a Globe Life Field crowd that could give one chills. But then José Altuve retaliated with a home run of his own, sending the Stros to a 5-4 victory. While it was an absolutely exhilarating match-up, there was yet another adrenaline-inducing moment just before in the form of a benches-clearing brawl.

Tensions are higher than ever and understandably, the players retaliated the only way they knew how. While Martín Maldonado has spoken on it, Adolis García, the original instigator, is sharing his thoughts.

Adolis García Does Not Approve of the Astros’ Methods


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It was the sixth inning when the Rangers outfielder blasted a go-ahead three-run homer off Justin Verlander. The moonshot was undeniably beautiful, and Adolis García stood a moment to admire it. In celebration, he smashed his bat to the ground before prancing around the bases. It helped Texas take the lead and Globe Life Field was ecstatic. Of course, the Houston Astros were not.

In his next at-bat in the eighth, reliever Bryan Abreu hit García in the ribs. It could have been fine but the Rangers slugger knew it could have been a result of his earlier celebration. He immediately turned to Astros catcher, Martín Maldonado, and the spark was ignited. Benches cleared, delaying the game by several minutes.


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Afterward, as the Astros won 5-4 with José Altuve’s home run, García spoke to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in disapproval. “We’re in the postseason, you know. It’s the moment. You hit a ball like that, you’re going to celebrate..If they’re trying to react to that, I don’t think that’s the correct way.”

The umpires ruled it an intention HBP and ejected both players, plus Stros manager Dusty Baker for protesting his pitcher’s move. As usual, Astros fans are celebrating but Rangers are angry.

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Abreu’s hit garnered fan reactions seen all too often associated with the reigning World Series champs.

Many have labeled the Astros simply “classless”

Conversely, one labeled García as a hypocrite for trying to start a fight.

Nightengale’s post on X was full of Astros supporters criticizing the Rangers slugger.

But a few angry fans remained, as usual.


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Even though some labeled García’s celebration as “antics,” they didn’t approve of the Astros’ move.


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In a huge upset to Texas, Houston may have won this game. But their reputation keeps losing.


Written by:

Arunima Bhanot


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Arunima Bhanot is a senior MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Having penned over 1,000 articles, Arunima has also covered the 2023 World Baseball Classic and the 2023 All-Star Game.
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Deepanshi Bajaj