The Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal has been the talk of the MLB offseason. New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was asked about the scheme at spring training today.
Sanchez was part of the 2017 Yankee team that was one win away from the World Series. New York lost the ALCS in seven games to the Astros, who eventually went on to win the World Series. We now know Houston was apparently stealing signs electronically during that playoff run.
Today, Sanchez spoke about the video of Houston star Jose Altuve, who refused to let teammates rip off his jersey after hitting the series-clinching homer against the Yankees in last year’s ALCS. Altuve said he did so because he was being modest.
Internet speculation postulates that Altuve did it because he was hiding a buzzer that tipped pitches, but that has not been proven. When asked about the situation today, Sanchez’s response was brutally honest and, quite frankly, pretty funny.
Gary Sánchez on the video of Jose Altuve protecting his jersey after Game 6 of the ALCS: "If I hit a homer and get my team to the World Series, they can rip off my pants. They can rip everything off."
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) February 12, 2020
That’s an image that would certainly go down in the annals of baseball history.
The Yankees and Astros have built a budding rivalry over the last three seasons, with Houston besting New York in two playoff series.
Look for that rivalry to take another step forward in 2020.