I get that the players and the franchise are in a brutal spot right now — that is their own fault, of course — but eventually someone still with the Astros will come out and say they’re sorry, right? “We’re sorry for hurting the game of baseball and regret our poor judgment. We hope to show we are still a great team regardless of our past mistakes.” That’s not so hard, is it?
The Astros held their 2020 Astros FanFest Event at Minute Maid Park on Saturday and, as expected, the players in attendance were asked about the sign-stealing scandal. . Jose Altuve was a bit more defiant, declaring the Astros would return to the World Series this coming season.
“Tough question,” Altuve said. “Like I said, we are a team. I don’t think one is better or worse than another one. We are all in this together, and we’re going to move forward.”
and Altuve was asked Saturday whether the players felt responsible for Hinch’s and Luhnow’s dismissals. Similar to Bregman, he ducked the question. The Houston Chronicle‘s Chandler Rome has Altuve’s response:
Then again, the Astros have been pretty terrible at public relations over the years, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. Their response to the Brandon Taubman incident was lax and, when asked about Manfred’s report describing Houston’s culture as “problematic” during, Crane replied “I don’t agree with that,” during his press conference. Woof.
I’m sure the Astros players will take this “us against the world” mentality into the new season because that’s what athletes do. They use things as motivation. If you’re hoping the team will express remorse for a scandal that damaged at least one recent World Series winner, well, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
“Believe me, at the end of the year everything will be fine. We’re gonna be in the World Series again. People don’t believe it. We will. We made it last year. We were one game away from winning it all. I’m happy for the Nationals. We will be in the World Series again.”
Here’s what Altuve told reporters, including Mark Berman of KRIV Fox 26:
Earlier this week, . Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended and later fired, and the team must forfeit four high draft picks, among other things.
Sticking with the prevalent theme since the sign-stealing scandal news broke, there was no remorse shown Saturday. Hinch and Carlos Beltran apologized to baseball and baseball fans — “I apologize to all you for our mistakes,” Hinch said in a statement — otherwise people still with the franchise have deflected blame. The players, Luhnow, owner Jim Crane, everyone.