May 17, 2021

Why Yankees aren’t total losers in Astros cheating demise (New York Post)

It felt, somehow, both wistful and hopeful in the visitors’ corner at Minute Maid Park, late on the night of Oct. 21, 2017. The Yankees’ magical ride through the playoffs had crashed into a wall and ended at the hands of the mighty Astros, yet man, had this group of Baby Bombers fired up its long-spoiled fan base, posting a 6-0 postseason record at Yankee Stadium and putting a scare into the definitive favorites from Houston.

Just minutes after Greg Bird flew out to George Springer to seal Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, a Yankees executive smiled and offered a lamentation:

“We just ran out of home games.”

Those words exploded with age, didn’t they? On Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred handed down one-year suspensions to Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch, the general manager and manager of that 2017 Astros club, for the team’s illegal, electronic sign-stealing — including, a Major League Baseball investigation confirmed, during that postseason. Then Houston owner Jim Crane, who received a $5 million fine, quadrupled down on that verdict by firing both men. Luhnow’s successor, furthermore, will move forward without first- and second-round draft…

Read “Why Yankees aren’t total losers in Astros cheating demise” at New York Post