The Houston Astros finally put an end to their silence regarding the cheating scandal that has rocked the baseball world. And yet, the team didn’t do much to help fix its public image.
Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve had brief statements to read for the media. They basically apologized for the team’s actions back in 2017 and said they learned from their previous mistakes.
Houston owner Jim Crane’s comments really took the world by storm. Instead of taking full accountability for the team’s sign-stealing methods, he went out of his way to say that it didn’t impact the game.
“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game,” Crane said during the team’s press conference on Thursday morning. “We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that.”
Jim Crane: “Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that.”
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 13, 2020
That’s not what fans want to hear at all.
No one is denying the fact that Houston had a plethora of talent on its roster, but the reality is the team broke the rules to gain a competitive advantage.
Crane also placed the blame for this scandal on the front office and leadership, saying the players shouldn’t be punished for their involvement.
The Astros owed a ton of people an apology for their actions. That being said, it doesn’t seem like people are ready to forgive them just yet.