Growing up, we had a rule. If you made a mistake, broke a rule, told a lie, hurt your brother, or any other childhood transgression took place, your apology was only half of the remedy. To truly apologize for a grievance against another person, you had to show remorse. You had to express your sorrow and show that you’re ready to improve. An apology is nothing without the promise of change.
This is why my anger toward the Astros has never felt stronger.
The Houston Astros went through hell after the 2019 season when the allegations of their years-long sign-stealing scandal were revealed. There is no denying that the Astros cheated. We now have multiple reports, investigations, and even firings to prove that. And yet, the Astros do not appear sorry for what happened. It feels like they’re leaning into the role of the villain, just for the fun of it.
Carlos Correa has gone full heel, but that’s nothing new.
“What doesn’t sit well with me is when you say false statements. If you don’t know the facts or you’re not informed – this is America, Ken [Rosenthal], you can say whatever you want, but Cody Bellinger’s job is to look for information, get informed, and know the facts for sure before he stands in front of cameras to talk about other players. You should be informed and get informed before you talk about other players. If you don’t know the facts then you got to shut the f*ck up.”
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That is a bold way to let everyone know that you didn’t do anything by saying “know the facts.” This is interesting considering that the Astros players who knew the facts about the system to tip pitches asked for immunity before sharing those facts. Another very innocent thing to do. Very legal, very cool, indeed.
And now, as the Astros begin their third World Series appearance in five seasons, Dusty Baker‘s squad seems hell-bent not on finding redemption and proving their skill. No, this team seems poised to prove they have no remorse. This team is out to prove they are precisely who the rest of the league thinks they are.
And maybe that’s for the best? The Yankees of the late-90s/early 2000s were villains of the league, and we all look back fondly on their achievements. Those teams of Jeter, Posada, Clemens, and Torre are revered in the league. Maybe the Astros are hedging their bets? Or perhaps they’re spitting in the face of a league that left them to twist in the wind.
But whose fault is that? Their own.
A lot of MLB fans will be throwing their support behind the Atlanta Braves this year in the hopes that they can stop the Astros from succeeding. While some battle lines cannot be crossed, a mutual hatred for the Astros has brought rival fanbases together.
You know. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and all that kinds of stuff.
But maybe that’s where the Astros power comes from? Perhaps Correa, Altuve, Gurriel, and Bregman feed off that hatred. It nourishes them and gives them strength to dash the hopes of millions. And if that’s true, then I suppose it’s something we all knew anyway.
The Houston Astros do not care that they got caught cheating, and they want you to know that.
- / 11 months ago
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