The Boston Red Sox just wrapped up an 8-2 win against the Houston Astros, to go up 2-1 in the ALCS. The series is now being played with a cloud of suspicion.
The Astros took Game 1 of the series back at Fenway Park in Boston, 7-2. During the third inning of that game, an alleged Astros staffer was reportedly removed from the venue.
Per the report by Boston Metro's Danny Picard, the man had a small camera, and was "texting frequently" from near the Red Sox bullpen.
From the report:
In the third inning of the first game of the series, security removed a man claiming to be an Astros employee from the media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout, according to multiple security sources who were on the scene at the time of the incident. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.
After the man was removed another Astros staffer intervened - according to sources who were on the scene - and tried to convince security that he was authorized to be in the area next to the dugout. The man was not allowed back into the credentialed area, but was allowed to remain in the ballpark.
Picard reached out to the MLB, which acknowledged the incident from the Houston Astros-Boston Red Sox game.
MLB Chief Communications Officer Pat Courtney acknowledged Saturday night’s incident in an email on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally.”
Both teams referred back to the MLB.
To add to the concern, Fenway security was reportedly warned about the man because of similar activity during the Astros' ALDS series against the Cleveland Indians.
We'll have more as it comes out. Right now, it is definitely not the best look for the defending World Series champion, but obviously we don't know exactly what the deal is.