cody deason-los angeles dodgers-houston astros Nov 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) steals second base ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe in the 7th inning in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Deason grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of Ojai, California rooting for the Dodgers. Then on Tuesday, Deason was selected by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the MLB Draft, and suddenly he was forced to reevaluate some things.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome, Deason said that his allegiances now lie with the Astros and that the 2017 World Series (in which Houston defeated L.A. in seven games) was no longer “heartbreaking” and was now “the greatest thing that’s ever happened.”

Deason, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona, seems to have learned that allegiance to your childhood team can’t compete with allegiance to who’s signing your checks. Maybe it pained lifelong Cubs fan Jason Kipnis to homer off his hometown team in the 2016 World Series, but he sure as hell circled the bases anyway.

Deep down, Deason can continue to root for the Dodgers and even wish they had won last fall’s World Series. But around members of the Astros’ organization, he’ll probably want to keep those thoughts to himself. It sounds as though he’s off to a good start.

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