Bad sign: Astros’ apology just another humiliation

Bad sign: Astros’ apology just another humiliation

The Houston Astros are good at cheating — it helped them win the 2017 World Series, after all. 

Astros were going to make their public statements — an apology, even — for stealing signs in an effort to cheat and win the 2017 World Series.’ data-reactid=”17″>So maybe we should have predicted Thursday down in Florida. As spring training kicked off, the Astros were going to make their public statements — an apology, even — for stealing signs in an effort to cheat and win the 2017 World Series.

And, boy, the Astros delivered in the kind of clumsy, ridiculous, nonsensical fashion we’ve come to know and expect.

“Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game,” owner Jim Crane said. “We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that.”

Ah, no, we won’t leave it at that.

Start with this: If the cheating didn’t impact the game, then what were Crane and the Astros apologizing for?

“We broke the rules,” Crane said. “You can phrase that any way you want.”

Though Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said sign-stealing efforts didn’t impact the game, his players — like ace Justin Verlander — likely wouldn’t go for a plan to yell out pitch selections for opposing batters to hear. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It ought to be fun watching how this doesn’t impact the game. And then, when advanced analytics people crunch the numbers, ol’ Jim Crane can do a victory lap with proof that he knows more about what impacts a baseball game than all the players and managers who have ever played or managed a baseball game.

So go ahead there, Jim Crane, you own the joint. Tell them to give it a go. It wouldn’t impact a thing. Right?

Crane is correct about one thing. Houston had a good team that season. Just how good the Astros would have been if they hadn’t been stealing signs, no one will ever know. That’s one of the greatest impacts on the organization and its players. Maybe Houston deserved the World Series that year. No one will ever believe it, though — other than Jim Crane (perhaps) and rabid Astros fans.

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