CC Sabathia, a native of Vallejo and a former New York Yankees pitcher, didn’t appreciate Correa’s statements and called the Astros shortstop on his “R2C2” podcast with Ryan Ruocco.
“They cheated and then they’re mad at us, like we’re getting out of here,” Sabathia exclaimed. “It’s a f-king joke. And then you end under .500 this year, like close the f – k up.
“The kid is a clown man, I’m sorry. “
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Houston became professional sports’ most infamous team earlier this year after a systematic system of sign theft was revealed, resulting in the dismissal and suspension of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, as well as significant fines for the organization.
Houston and Oakland have been in the AL West class for five years, and their rivalry has reached new heights in the wake of the scandal. A starting pitcher Mike Fiers was part of the 2017 Astros team that won the World Series and was the whistleblower that publicized the program. In one game this season, A outfielder Ramon Laureano took part in a shouting match with an Astros coach and was provoked to charge the mound, which led to one of the few bench clearance brawls in MLB this season.
Sabathia isn’t the first to voice this kind of frustration about the Astros, and he won’t be the last. Correa has been as provocative as any member of the organization who has been involved in the scandal, and we’ll see how he trades words with the A’s in what should be a controversial series to say the least.
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