The Astros have found a way to increase the team’s home run production without signing expensive free agents, moving in the outfield walls or resorting to performance-enhancing drugs. Instead they are simply rewarding players with gummy bears for hitting dingers.
On Wednesday night, Houston hit four home runs, and each batter was greeted at home plate by teammates with handfuls of the chewy treats.
Colby Rasmus, Evan Gattis, Carlos Gomez and Marwin Gonzalez all earned candy as the Astros beat the Athletics 11–5.
Houston-area confectioners and dentists are hopeful the team’s power surge continues for a long time.