The Houston Astros have had weeks to prepare. Their sign stealing scandal had been out in the open since November. Yet, on Thursday morning, Jim Crane and a few of his players stepped up to a mic and gave everyone an underwhelming apology that felt disingenuous. The scandal has been a black eye on the MLB and Crane made it sound like it was no big deal.
This was the first time since the scandal was revealed that the Astros owner addressed the public. Crane said the team’s 2017 World Series title shouldn't have an asterisks despite his team’s "codebreaker" scheme.
“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. We’ll leave it at that.”
When a follow up questioned asked if Crane thought this impacted the game, he tried stepping back his previous statement.
“It’s hard to say how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game,” the owner said.
If this is the best the Astros and their owner could come up with for an answer and apology, thats disgraceful. The scheme had an impact on the game. There are advanced stats that prove the Astros offense was much better than the average. Just go find their at home stats in the 2017 season. Oh, and let's not forget that they won the World Series. Sitting there and honestly saying that you don't think it impacted the game is laughable. Jim Crane is clearly oblivious to the real world situation at hand. He must think that since he fired his coach and GM that his hands are clean and his players absolved of all wrongdoings. He would be wrong.
Of course, Crane wasn't alone today. He was joined by Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve who both gave statements....that were under a minute each. They both essentially said that they regret the decision that was made and hope to learn from their mistakes. You know, the mistake of creating a carefully thought out sign stealing system that was used ALL season. That mistake? I would hope they regret it, but the apologies came off insincere. It wasn't until later in the day when Jose Altuve opened himself up for media questions that it seemed to have some sincere feelings about the situation.
The player who actually should've represented the Astros was Carlos Correa. He answered questions about Beltran and the impact of the scheme. Correa said, "I don’t want my kids, I don’t want my brother, I don’t want my family members or people who follow me to think that it was right to cheat to be successful.... What we did in 2017 was terrible. We all know it and we feel really bad about it." He also added the Beltran did not intimidate anyone on the team to partake in the scheme, as reported by some people. Other players came out saying the same thing, which at least shows the players understand the gravity of the situation. The fact that Bregman, Altuve, and Crane all seemed so underprepared compared to the rest of the team is strange. They knew they were the representation of the organization. Yet they seemed to want to distance the blame and make a quick apology and move on.
In conclusion, the Astros need to realize that this isn't going anywhere. The MLB, it's fans, and players will not forget about what they did. At every away game, they will be met with boos and pressing questions from the local media. The Astros had a chance to lessen those blows today. They fell on their faces. The apologies they wrote up should be thrown in the trash can, which shouldn't be to hard for any of them to find. Do better Astros. The game of baseball deserves it.