11:20 PM ET
LOS ANGELES — Carlos Correa reached third base, brought his right hand up against his right ear and pretended to listen, as if to once again ask the question that seemed to enrage every MLB fan outside of Houston in recent days.
What are they gonna say now?
The cardboard people in the stands remained quiet.
Five days after his brash — some might say tone-deaf — comments in the aftermath of a wild-card sweep, Correa homered twice, drove in four and ignited a 16-hit barrage in the Houston Astros‘ 10-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Monday’s American League Division Series opener.
After his first home run — 421 feet, on a 2-0, chest-high cutter from Chris Bassitt in the fourth — Correa paused, admired his shot, then yelled toward his dugout and summoned his best Hulk Hogan before pounding fists with third-base coach Omar Lopez. After his second — 408 feet, on a 1-1, low-and-in fastball from Lou Trivino in the seventh — he lifted his right index finger to the sky and pointed in the direction of center field, the place where he deposited two of the six home runs