Sorry–not sorry–but the Houston Astros need to receive serious backlash for pulling that weak stunt.
What weak stunt? Well basically, the Astros cheated their way to the 2017 World Series title by electronically stealing signs during home games from the other team’s catchers and then relaying to their own hitters what pitches would be coming.
Oh! And they continued cheating in 2018 as well.
How did they relay that information? Ha. Guess what they did? THEY HIT A GARBAGE CAN WITH A BAT.
It clearly worked really well.
Take this stat: José Altuve’s batting average for away games in 2017 was .143. Awful.
His batting average for home games? Surprise, surprise .472.
His at bat was three times better when someone was telling him which pitches were coming.
Isn’t that just peachy? Don’t you just love them? What a warm and fuzzy feel good story. Feel free to roll your eyes.
The only thing worse was the lame apologies that slithered out of their traps.
“I am really sorry… about the choices… that were made… by my team… by the organization… and by me,” said Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman.
And yes, he really did pause for dramatic effect in between every three words like a crying toddler.
Boo hoo. I don’t want to hear it.
Of course, they were fined $5 million and they lost their first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 in the MLB draft and that hurts them.
But you know what hurts more? Being cheated.
Cheating the Dodgers out of a potential 2017 World Series title.
Cheating pitchers who were taken out of games because the Astros teed off on them.
Cheating fans, families of players, coaches, the association, endorsements, kids who look up to those players, and so many more.
It was a scheme built and carried out by players and yet no players were punished, instead they were given immunity for their cooperation.
The ‘Stros lied to dedicated, loving fans and manipulated them.
A team with gifted players felt the need to undermine the Major League Baseball organization, drag talented pitchers and players through the dirt, and embarrass themselves.
That’s lame. Don’t worry, I’ll say it again for the people in the back. Lame!
Here’s what should happen:
- World Series bonuses – sent to charities of their choice.
- Main players involved in the scheme – IXNAY. DONE. CAREER DONE. CONTRACT SHREDDED AND BURNED. GET OUT.
- 2017 World Series title – STRIPPED.
Imagine how angry the players are who dealt with this scandal first hand.
“What a disgrace that was. Just watching their apology yesterday too just… there’s just… no sincerity. No genuineness when it comes to it,” Chicago Cubs player Kris Bryant said while shaking his head.
Former Astros pitcher, Gerrit Cole, mentioned he wasn’t going to disagree with the Astros’ denial of using electronics for cheating.
“I wouldn’t have seen it or privy to that information anyway but I believe my team, my ex teammates. I believe those guys.”
Shame. He’s so good at what he does and yet we just can’t squeeze the tea out of him.
Cody Bellinger of the LA Dodgers said it best, though.
“You know, I thought the apologies were… whatever… I thought Manfred’s punishment was weak, giving them immunity… I think what people don’t realize is Altuve stole an MVP from Judge in 2017 and they stole the [World Series] ring from us.”
Aaron Judge, right fielder for the Yankees jokingly added that although he didn’t get the MVP that year, maybe he shouldn’t have kept the votes so close.
Now cheating has been happening in sports since the dawn of time.
Steroids, corked bats, doctoring the ball, that annoying guy on second base who’s clearly staring at your catcher’s freshly painted nails… ahh the days when electronics weren’t involved.
The way the Astros cheated was shady.
One of the greatest scandals in MLB history was the Black Sox Scandal. In 1919, eight players on the Chicago White Sox intentionally threw the World Series to get a pay out from the mafia.
These players led this scandal and cheated their way out of a World Series and they were all banned from ever playing in the MLB ever again.
So you’re telling me, the Astros main players who lead the scandal can cheat their way into a World Series title and they have immunity?
The Houston Astros deserved a lot more than the minor slap on the wrist that they received.
A title has never been stripped before but if there was ever a year to make history, it would be 2020.