The organist for the Atlanta Braves continues to make his or her very best case for a raise this postseason.
Truist Park’s organ antics returned for Sunday’s Game 5 of the World Series. This time around, it was Houston Astros star Alex Bregman who was the subject of a taunt. As Bregman stepped up to the plate in the second inning, the organist played “Free Fallin’ ” by Tom Petty, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
That song choice was no coincidence — the Astros just dropped Bregman down from No. 3 to No. 7 in the batting order after his struggles in the first four games of the series. But the “Free Fallin’ ” taunt quickly backfired on the organist. Bregman hit an RBI double in the at-bat to drive in the first run of the game for Houston.
In Friday’s Game 3 of the series, the Braves organist hit Astros infielder Jose Altuve with a much more savage taunt. Bregman’s RBI hit was probably Houston’s way of evening the score with the organist for the time being.
Jose Altuve is not exactly Mr. Popular these days, especially whenever he is playing on the road. But the reception that he got at Truist Park on Friday was particularly savage.
The Houston Astros infielder Altuve heard it from the Atlanta Braves crowd as he led off Game 3 of the World Series. They rained down very loud chants of “Cheater! Cheater!” on Altuve as he stepped up to the plate.
It got even worse from there for the ex-AL MVP. During Altuve’s next at-bat in the top of the third inning, the organist for the Braves played “I’m a Little Teapot” to taunt him, per Emma Baccellieri of Sports Illustrated.
Now that’s cold.
Altuve, who has become the face of the Astros’ cheating scandal, is one of the shortest players in baseball at 5-foot-6. He would go on to strike out in the at-bat, much to the delight of the Atlanta crowd.
This is nothing new for Altuve, who heard profane chants on the road during Houston’s last playoff series. But the Braves organist definitely did him dirty with that song selection on Friday.
(“I’m a Little Teapot”)