The Astros lied and now they must pay. They must pay the ultimate price for what was first described as a player-driven sign-stealing operation, but has progressed to something larger and more distasteful.
It’s been very difficult to branch away from this topic. Mainly because it is growing legs. This thing ain’t over, I am sorry to say.
We watched intently as former Astros manager A.J. Hinch was very apologetic about the cheating that went on under his watch. He was sorry that he did very little to stop it. He wished he did more.
Well, it sounded good at the time. But we have since found out there is far more to the story. A story that now implicates the GM, who allegedly had knowledge of an even more sophisticated scheme than we first realized.
So, what was Hinch really sorry about? Maybe he was really sorry because he couldn’t do a damn thing if he wanted. When your boss is orchestrating the show, it’s your job to stay in line.
And he did. He stayed in line and supported the lie. He may have hated it, but again, who knows? Hinch could only show his displeasure. He couldn’t stop it because it was not in his power to stop it.
And their lovely GM? He supported the lie as well.
Player-driven? Well, yeah, Mr. Commissioner!
Those crazy players! What are you gonna do with ‘em!
Well, if you listen to Hank Aaron, he would like to see those players run out of the game altogether. That’s quite a strong statement from one of baseball’s most respected Hall of Famers.
What would I like to see? Well, it’s time. This is becoming a most embarrassing discovery. More serious than I ever thought it could be. And I think it’s time that MLB seriously consider forcing Houston to vacate their World Title.
Should it go to the Dodgers? No, it goes to no one. This is a stain on the game. And no one can be declared a winner after all of this.
And I can’t imagine the Dodgers wanting to win a championship in this way in the first place.
This discovery will certainly sew things up for the Astros former GM Jeff Luhnow and their former manager Hinch. They are done with Major League Baseball. A week ago it could be debated, but now, after we have learned about the intern, who devised the program to decode signs, well, that kinds of tears it, doesn’t it?
I have been trying hard to move our baseball discussion to the Tigers. Really hard. But things keep shifting back to the scandal as more dirt becomes unearthed.
Who knows what we are going to discover in Boston? What took place with the Red Sox is being billed as something less serious. But who can honestly trust it? You just can’t.
But we aren’t done with Houston yet.. The Commissioner may be. But as fans of the game, oh, we aren’t done.
Championship teams are models for success. When a team wins it all, others benchmark them and try to determine what it was that was most responsible for their success.
What did they put in place as a franchise? What was their drafting strategy? What steps did they take from the very beginning until the day they won it?
Well, when you are dealing with a championship team that went to such great lengths to cheat their way to winning it all, well, just scrap that.
Anything you wanted to learn from the Astros, well, it’s like trying to separate the meat from a fatty cut of steak. Sure, you have steak, but it doesn’t look that good in the end.
I was incredibly wrong about how I officially reacted to this story. But as more and more news came out, there is now nothing that can be salvaged from this once-coveted cut of steak. Nothing to salvage, nothing you want any part in digesting.
As a baseball fan, day by day, it’s all very disturbing.
So, in Houston … pull the title. And if is determined that what transpired in Boston is worse than we thought, pull the title from the Sox as well.
Enough is enough.
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