Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman whipped the ball around during a crisp infield drill, then came together for a group hug near second base after finishing up Monday.
High above the diamond at Minute Maid Park, the sun gleamed off an oversized banner attached to a light tower.
“World Series Champions,” it said, along with “17″ and the Astros logo. And it was solid gold.
Nope, no tarnish on that tribute. Not here in Houston, anyway.
Because if the stain of their sign-stealing scandal on the way to the 2017 crown is hanging over them, the Astros aren’t showing it. Let the rest of the sports world condemn them forever as baseball’s biggest cheaters — they’re focused, they say, on putting another shiny flag on that tower.