Houston Astros not moved by outside noise.

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Houston Astros not moved by outside noise as they claim all they want is to win.

The Houston Astros are not moved by outside noise aside as they stated that they just want to win.

Houston Astros are sticking to a theme they’ve mastered since returning to the national stage after their sign-stealing scandal came to light in 2019

They’ll get a chance to prove that beginning Tuesday when they take on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the World Series.

“I’m not worried about narratives,” third baseman Alex Bregman said Monday. “I’m not worried about any of that. I want to win four games.”

The Astros were caught electronically stealing signs — a breach of MLB rules — during their run to a World Series title in 2017. The fallout was dramatic, with both manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow losing their jobs.

The players weren’t punished by the league but have been heckled and taunted by opposing fan bases while on the road. Games 3-5 of the Series are in Atlanta.

“We get it everywhere we go,” left fielder Michael Brantley said. “What makes this team so special is we’ve been here, done that. We’ve been through all of it.

“There’s no stage that’s big enough. There’s nothing that a crowd is going to do to us that’s going to get us off our game.”

Bregman, second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa are holdovers from that 2017 squad and get the loudest boos. All were asked a version of the same question: Would winning the World Series in 2021 prove they can be the best team without cheating?

“I don’t think the outside noise motivates us at all,” Correa said. “The guys inside [the clubhouse] — we motivate ourselves to just be better every single day, and you see the results on the field.”

Altuve added: “I haven’t thought about that, but I think we have the same mindset we always have, just going out there and try to win. This is a pretty special team … We all want to win.”


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