Astros manager Dusty Baker high-fives Houston shortstop Carlos Correa after their win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the 2020 ALCS at Petco Park. The Astros won 7-4.  Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dusty Baker had a funny quote about his Astros after Houston's 7-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. on Friday night.

The Astros won their third straight game in the series to send things to a seventh game. They are trying to join the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only other MLB team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a series.

After the Astros won Game 6 to send things to a Game 7, their spirit was praised, leading to Baker’s funny quote.

“You gotta love this team, well some people hate this team, but you gotta respect this team,” Baker said.

So what’s the issue? So many fans and players throughout baseball hate the Astros for cheating. Fans want to see them lose. But at the same time, it’s hard not to respect a team for not quitting despite being down 3-0 and making such a strong comeback.

Framber Valdez allowed just one run and struck out nine over six innings to get the win. The Astros pounded out 11 hits and walked nine times as part of their seven-run effort. Game 7 will be on Saturday with the winner going to the World Series.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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