The big question: why is this painting hanging in the hallway to the visitor’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park in Houston?
The Astros lost in five games to the Royals in a 2015 American League Division Series* and the Royals ended up winning the World Series weeks later.
*Anyone remember Game 4 of that ALDS?
The Royals beat the Mets in five games in the World Series and celebrated at Citi Field, so likely that’s not a highlight in New York’s book.
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This is worth mentioning because the Mets were in Houston on Saturday to open a series, and this was outside the visitor’s clubhouse:
You may not have noticed this when looking at the painting, but a closer examination shows that the scoreboard has an image of the celebration when the Royals won the World Series ... in 1985.
Two things to note about this: many of the current Mets were not on that 2015 team and The Star’s Rustin Dodd, who covers the Royals, believes that painting is always near the visitors clubhouse.
So it probably wasn’t the Astros trolling the Mets. However, it does seem odd that the painting is there.