Almost three months have passed since Major League Baseball released its report on the inappropriate use of technology by the Houston Astros to steal billboards during their winning season in the 2017 World Series. Since then, the Astros have largely avoided taking full responsibility for their actions and what they involve – essentially eroding the confidence that fans can place in the results and performance of the game.
You might think that the spread of the new coronavirus, and therefore the delay of the 2020 season, would have ended the discussions of Astros players – not to mention making a real apology. You would be wrong. That’s because recently retired hitter Evan Gattis went to The Athletic’s “755 is Real” podcast and offered a lot of thoughts (and f-bombs).
“Everyone wants to be the best player in the world, man … and we cheated him, that’s for sure, and we obviously cheated baseball and the fans,” said Gattis, according to New york post. “I’m not asking for sympathy or anything like that. If our punishment is hated by everyone forever, like anything. I don’t know what to do, but something had to be done. I agree with that, big time. I think it’s good for baseball that we clean it up … And I understand that it’s not good enough to say sorry. I understand. “
the Publish has a full collection of Gattis quotes to dive into, including pushing back the tale that Carlos Beltran “prompted” young players to follow the pattern, but another notable comment that we’ll touch on is that he says he has no problem with Mike Fiers, the Oakland Athletics and former Astros pitcher who publicly exposed the Astros’ misdeeds last November.
“He had something to say, so he had to say it and then we had to be punished,” said Gattis. “Because if not, then what?” It would be even more uncontrollable. I mean, it’s a difficult subject. Yeah, I think a lot of people feel cheated, and I understand it. “
Gattis, 33, played in a six-season major league game. He spent 2015-18 with the Astros, with whom he hit .245 / .298 / .471 (109 OPS +) with 96 circuits. Interestingly, its best season came in 2016, a year before the Astros implemented their sign flight plan.