I grew up through the steroid era, one in which many players cheated but to me these stars had talent and used an edge to upgrade those talents.
In the early 1990’s, I became a Yankee fan for life. It was Bernie and other, it was the city, the fans, the feel that lead me to an emotional connection with this team. I knew this would be my sport and my team for life. All i care about are the Yankees and cake, love cake!
What Houston did was create a system to steal signs in order to hit better.
It worked and they won a world series. Was it worth it? To many fans no, its an embarrassment. However to others a win is a win.
No it is not! These two issues are not the same and whose to say the Astros aren’t also taking the juice that shrivels balls. I say check all of the players balls, but “Al Boooooo Ve”, is too shy. How can any fan not think 2017 was a joke. Lets go back to 2016, shall we.
In 2016 with the season heading no where and a cloudy future looming, the Yankees had a choice to make.
But not a normal rebuild, when the Astros become an AL league team in I believe 2015 they had already been in a rebuild and were getting close to coming out of it. A rebuild that took years.
Ours took no time because we had built a solid farm and had young talent ready. The 1st of those kids was Greg Bird, a bum who lives in Texas now with his 30 cats and lame sweaters. He had so much potential and showed that when he performed well that year. Injs, a rush back and Voit destroyed any chance with this team.
In this rebuild came the idea for contenders that an elite bullpen would lead to the World Series. The proved to be the truth. Having had the best two closers in the game, the Yankees sat pretty waiting for the deadline.
2016 was among the highest asking price I have ever seen for relief pitchers. In fact both teams that traded with us for said guys made the WS.
The Cubs needed Chapman and the Indians went all in for Andrew Miller, my favorite player at the time.
Cubs gave us our future in SS/2B Gleybor Torres, Of Billy McKinney, OF Rashad Crawford and P Adam Warren back. Billy was traded in 18′ with Drury for J.A Happ. That trade for me may go down as the best in Cashman career, for me. We also re-signed Chapman that offseason.
Andrew Miller also landed us a potential star in OF Clint “Red Blunder” Fraizer, who came with SP Justus Sheffield, P Ben Heller and P J.P Feyerreisen.
Justus got us Paxton. Both trades set up what might become a dynasty and when they went through the goal in mind was 2020.
Here lies the anger that this article is mostly about. We almost reached that goal 3 to 4 years early but because another team decided to cheat and lie, we had no chance at that goal. It was heart breaking for many and fake for those who celebrated a fraudulent 2017 WS championship.
2017 became the year that was stolen, where were born but killed by deception. The Astros cheated!
They cheated their city, their fans, all fans, all teams, the league and that pice of metal trophy which means nothing. The worst part is that when they were caught they lied, and then when forced to come clean they didn’t. They acted like entitled babies who tried to paint a picture as if they were the victims.
Before the cheating was ramped up they got lucky in landing Justin Pooplander and his obnoxious wife Kate Poopton. She’s the MLB bicycle, everyone seems to get a ride.. the Yankees shot down the idea of adding a guy who at the time was making $28 million a year. The teams entire inf, judge, hicks and sevy were making a combined $8 less then Verlander whole deal. So the Asturds landed him.
The fact that we came so close with rookies and determination makes this even more frustrating. No anger more most fans but a ton of anger in simply how this was handled by the league.
We headed into that series with high hopes and to see years later how the hopes were destroyed is unacceptable but how its being handled after the fact is far worse.
What the commissioner said was unacceptable and shows a huge lack of understanding towards what MLB means to many. Its a billion dollar industry.
I am not mad at Anna or the rational baseball fan caught in the middle of this storm. I’m upset with the people who did this and those who failed to hold them responsible. I just question how a fan could support that. I would not abandon my Yankees but I also would not talk them up if they had down this. I can’t handle the embarrassment most of Houston should feel. Its bad that everyone hates you, its bad that we are getting along with Sox fans, i hate that nonsense! Go egg a Red Sox fan, it might make you feel better. I feel great!
It makes no sense that a team can cheat, then keep that tainted ring. That makes me mad. The lying makes me mad. The fact that Manfred sucks at life makes me mad. The fact that Houston is pretending like they have it bad makes me mad. I’m mad in general.
To me it seems MLB tried to cover this up and it seems as if they are shocked they couldn’t! Shocked that a player talked when they never thought one would.
Mike Friers did, and most of us praise that fact!
Nobody knew Rodders sucked at life, bit he does and now you know. To me they got embarrased and were therefore forced to tell the world what happened. They told us a portion of the story then got mad when we demanded the full one.
They tried to sweep it under the rug and we lit the rug on fire! We saw the video. We have plenty to know that Altuve isn’t shy, but a liar liar tiny Altuve pants on fire!
They cheated there own fans too. That is that part that seems missed in all this as many fans blindly support something wrong. I am angry that nothing is happening to fix this! They cheated the world but were gotten immunity to lie and if anyone hits them they will be protected! So they are the victims MLB?
I’m a victim of having to pay $30 for beer and a can of lysol just to attend a game this year. Houston sucks, and you protect them because of a mistake you made Manshits!
Each press conference has been worse then the last and frankly Crane should be ashamed. I didn’t even know who he was. Know i know him as a fool in the range of Donald Sterling and that loser who owns the Knicks.
Crane opened his stupid face and poop came out! I hate poop!
He came off as an arrogant assturd who wants to be seen as a victim. He’s sorry he was caught and he lied to fans like Anna. Her apology is because he refused and i praise her for it!
No remorse, no accountability no f**ks given.
Then they forced Al Boooooo Ve to open his stupid word hole and more poop cane out!
“Its poop again”, dont put it out with your boots ted…” Billy Madison, no Okay!
Manfred then comes out and calls the commissioner trophy a piece of medal.
Its literally the commissioner trophy but ok Mr.Commissioner. This turd couldn’t even run a Yahoo fantasy league the right way.
I cannot understand this level of nonsense from the league that i have loved for close to 28 years! This is crap, I’m mad and will make sure the league knows.
We know what they did, we know 2017 doesn’t count. Take the damn metal back and give all the people who like this article a $Million dollars!
We won’t move on! I refuse and in a none polite way! This will be a long and hard year for Houston. That locker room might explode. I pitty fans like my friend Anna who just wish to watch the game they love. Well I’m going to room that game for you all year with my snarky asshat takes, so good luck!
You fans will have to deal with abuse and i pitty that. Look how fans get during playoffs, well now they have a reason to hate and unfortunately will take it out on you Houston.
This fault lies in the hands of Manfred and the MLB. I blame you solely now as my rage will carry to my death!
I will never forgive the MLB, I will never move on from the Houston scandal.
In 100 years. Someone will feel as I do when I wrote this……
By Evan Wetzel 27 Down Production and Grunttalksmlb.com