Silence

When the world stops together, we all feel the pain. The eerie silence makes almost everything uncomfortable. Everything feels difference, everyone is acting different.

But for me the biggest loss beyond the people getting sick by this virus is the stoppage of sports. All sports. This silence is unbearable. The vibes on twitter negative, the vibes in public are the same.

Sports are an escape, they comfort us, they guide us. Without them life seems bleak and with no real time table, i sit her lost with nothing to do on a friday night at 8:30pm.

Find new interests, no. Make fun of Rodders more, hell yes! But that lasts only a bit of happiness for me.

Its silent, the whole world is silent! Anyone might be infected and the level of fear and announce is real. This silence echos throughout my head as I attempt to find those other interests.

There are no other interests! None. Baseball, cake, annoy Rodders, pie, sports, donuts, movies, cookies.

I have no more interest, I’m a grumpy snarkaturd. I enjoy being left alone with my sports.

Sports guide us, inspire us and when tragic events happen they unite us. We need sports more then has ever been felt then today. In 09, getting used to a college i didn’t like and a year after grandma had passed, the Yankees won the ws. It helped me at least a little.

Sports miracles like miracle on ice are memories that we shall cherish forever.

What happens when we have no choice. We can’t watch sports for the next month because the whole world is sick. That is a huge thing that in a 100 years will be discussed with the Astros cheating scandal.

This feels like a prison term! March sadness into April, “who gives a…. no baseball until half way through!”.

We all feel lost and frankly, i have nothing left to complain about. Be safe and lets hope life gets back to how we know it!

An Assturds rant from an Angry Yankee fan…

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.

Rebuild.

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

An apology from an Astros fan. By Anna Williams

An Apology from an Astros Fan
As I was cleaning out my closet, I ended up counting how many sports jerseys and hats I owned.  A majority of them were Houston Astros merchandise.  I looked at my gold World Series jersey and hat and asked myself a question “Can I still wear this proudly?”  I have been vocal online discussing with other fans which most were Yankees and also Dodgers fans.  Some I trolled for entertainment and some I had a decent back and forth discussion where I believe a solution can be reached.  I write this now with only good intentions and hope that baseball fans everywhere can come together on some common ground. 

Where anger and hate can dissipate and punishment, healing and redemption can begin.  I ask now for forgiveness for what short comings my statements may have.  For my knowledge in baseball is average but my love for the sport and my team is comparable to any other fan who publicly declares their love for baseball.


First and foremost, the reason the anger remains and some may say increasing is due to the fact that the punishment does not fit the crime.  When I first heard of the scandal, no one knew what the punishment would be.  However, most logical people including Astros fans would theorize that returning the trophy makes sense, suspensions, fines, firings…for me, I went further and thought that perhaps this team was ineligible to play for a whole year.  Or perhaps the suspensions of key players (if there were a lot), would be staggered throughout the season.  I say this not to say that I know what commissioners should do.

I wouldn’t know the first thing about that job title and its responsibilities.  I only thought of this because it felt like a punishment that would be as close to equal to the crime.


So when I heard that AJ Hinch (coach) and Jeff Lunhow (GM) were suspended for a year, my heart broke.  That’s like removing Bill Belichik from the Patriots.  I understood, accepted and said “Ok we will suck for a year but he’ll be back”.  Then Jim Crane (owner) announced shortly after that both of them were fired.  My heart broke again for the second time within the hour.  Again I accepted and never protested.  I prepared my heart for more bad news to come.


When I came to learn later on that, that was the extent of the punishment and that the players themselves were given immunity in exchange for their cooperation, I was astounded.  I remained quiet because I was conflicted once more.  Many fans from opposing teams were understandably upset as a nice way to put it.  I remember how much people demanded an apology and I would respond and just say “I heard they were addressing this issue closer to Spring Training”.


When the players themselves remained quiet until Spring Training, I understood that it was damage control.  Perhaps they were buying their time, waiting for the flame to die down or they wanted to come together to speak as one voice or all of the above.  The waiting wasn’t helpful for fans of other teams.


So when the conference finally came, I thought ok, after this, we should all be able to move on.  But somehow, the apology seemed to have made things worse.  I remember feeling a lot of things at the same time.  I sat back and listened and put myself in a position as the opposing team and the opposing fans.


What I hear in unison is that people want to hear the words “we cheated” or “I cheated”.  This seems to mean more than “we broke the rules”.  If the Astros are asking for forgiveness and words are part of the things they can offer, why not say the words?  Even if the statements seems synonymous enough, the people are telling you what they need to hear.  Words are free.
Also, when Mr Crane was asked if the usage of technology had any effect on the World Series, he said no at first then said something different later.  Lance McCullers Jr (Astros pitcher) was asked a similar question and he answered something close to “no, it didn’t affect the World Series because I know what it takes to win”.  The “Apology” meeting has added fuel to the fire and has opened up a back and forth of arguments between players.  One example was Cody Bellinger’s opinion on Altuve stealing an MVP title in 2017 which in turn has lead to Carlos Correa defending his friend.  Do we want to be the team that pulls out a calendar that has to differentiate between “we beat you fair and square on this day but not this day?”


The debate back and forth has to stop.  I love you Astros but you guys opened the door on this.  You opened the door to questioning our integrity.  We cannot be upset or defensive about it now.  We made our bed, now we must lay in it.  
Now for those who may say that other teams are cheating too and are not being investigated, that is true and I agree.   At the same time, I want people to think about speeding when they’re driving.  We all know people who speed.  Heck, we all probably do it and none of us feel any guilt towards it when we choose to do it.  However, if you don’t ever want to pay for a ticket, then you must make a conscious decision not to speed at all.  That is the only way to guarantee not ever receiving one.  Most of us speed because we know they cannot catch all of us.  We, as Astros fans, cannot be mad now that our team got caught but other’s did not.  Our team should have never took a peak inside pandora’s box because you cannot control or predict what damage this small opening can do.


One of the reasons why this situation is worsening is due to the fact that the anger has nowhere to go as if there isn’t a system in place to get justice.  There is.  Many people feel that justice wasn’t served and some are suggesting to let it be taken on the field with intentional hitting of Astros players.  I ask fans and players everywhere to take a pause here and think.  We as people should never let our anger drive us.  Everyone complains about Astros getting away with their crime and I can empathize.  But now I ask for all of us to act better.  Baseball can be a dangerous game as is.  No one’s life is worth risking in exchange for a false equivalent of justice.  It would not be justice to break someone’s arm or worse.  Let us remember, these men are also fathers, husbands, sons and brothers.  We have to be better than this and not lose sight of what is important.


Let us put the spotlight on MLB again.  With all the rule changes they applied this year, shouldn’t they clarify the one addressing the use of technology to steal signs?  Or more importantly, a detailed result of what the punishment is for players or employees who participate or aware of illegal sign stealing?  Also, how does MLB feel justified in granting their immunities?  For what is the value of the truth if punishments continue to be vague and on a case by case basis?
The punishment doesn’t make sense when you think of it as justice.  The punishment makes sense when you remember that this has always been a money making business.  Think of all the merchandise and tickets that were sold under the guise of World Series/Champions?  Also, think of how much money MLB and the Astros will lose if the stars of the team were suspended or ineligible to play?  They always say that there is no such thing as bad publicity.  The Astros is the team to hate.  Rumors are already out that Yankees and Dodgers fans have united in hate to see the Astros lose in Anaheim.  Are we as fans punishing the same establishment we detest, or are we distracted and giving them more of our hard earned money?


As for the Houston Astros, you guys opened the door to questioning everything.  We have to own that.  We can only be transparent now.  Offer more words only if it leads to healing.  You guys have so much more to prove.  Every win will be questioned.  Every loss will be taunted.  A decent performance on the field will be interpreted as showing our mediocrity due to our inability to cheat.  We have to rebuild everything from scratch.  Your fans are relying on you.  All of baseball hopes that from now on, the game we love will only be played fairly.  And the Houston Astros are in a place where they can help rebuild this trust again for all of baseball depending on how this team acts this 2020 season.
And now I go back to my closet and look at my World Series hat and gold Astros Jersey.  I cannot, in good conscience wear this proudly or publicly.  This, I freely give up, as my part as a fan in the redemption and healing process.  I also ask for forgiveness on behalf of the Houston Astros and some fans.  We as Texans, can be hard headed as our motto suggests “Don’t mess with Texas”.  But besides being headstrong or as most of us just say Houston Strong, we are also humble and also honorable.  We all become emotional when it comes to the things we love but at the same time, I believe we all have one important thing in common.  We love baseball and we all want the game to be played fairly as this is an American ideology we all share.


I can only hope that at some point we can put this behind us and each of us must make that decision in our own time.  I also forgive the Houston Astros.  Part of me believes we never needed to cheat to win but we will never know now.  The only thing my team can do is prove it on the field as all of our teams must every year.  My loyalty to this team has never wavered.  I believe this will be the last time the Astros will participate in anything remotely like this.  Right is right and wrong is wrong.  And only when we are honest with ourselves can we really put the pieces back together.
Sincerely,
A Houston Astros Fan

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