A former member of the 2017 Houston Astros team at the center of a sign theft scandal made a grand apology and admitted that the team deserves to be severely punished.
Appearing on The Athletic’s Podcast “755 Is Real”, wide receiver / hitter Evan Gattis said he understands why baseball fans are so angry, especially since the Astros have won the World Series.
“If our punishment is hated by everyone forever, then (so be it),” said Gattis. “And I don’t know what should have been done, but something had to be (explanatory). And I agree with that, big time. ”
Gattis, who retired after the 2018 season, said he felt bad for pitchers who didn’t have a fair chance to compete – and may have lost their jobs or been demoted as a result.
“We obviously cheated baseball and deceived the fans,” he said. “The fans felt cheated. I feel bad for the fans. ”
Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were both suspended for a year in November after an MLB investigation. They were then dismissed by the Astros.
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Gattis said he was not angry with former teammate Mike Fiers, whose comments to The Athletic first revealed the theft of placards. Once the system was in place, he said, the “pack mentality” became uncontrollable.
“I still don’t know how to feel. I don’t think of anyone – we didn’t look at our moral compass and said, “Yes, that’s right.” It was almost like a war of paranoia or something, “said Gattis.” But what we did was wrong. “