TAMPA, Fla. — On the other side of the state, Astros players remained under guard, cordoned away from reporters in advance of what is expected to be an orchestrated organizational message, in a first collective response to their sign-stealing scandal.
At Yankees camp, however, there are no signs of group-speak, no guardrails placed around the players in how they react to one of the most notorious episodes in baseball history.
Catcher Gary Sanchez cracked a joke here Wednesday related to the theory that the Astros used a buzzer system.
Luis Severino acknowledged that he has more context about his supposed pitch-tipping problem from a couple of years ago — maybe it wasn’t that — but said he doesn’t need any apologies from his Houston peers.
Earlier this week, Masahiro Tanaka said, in his usual understated manner, that, yes, he feels cheated out of the 2017 World Series.
And manager Aaron Boone admitted that while he has exchanged text messages with AJ Hinch, a longtime friend and the former Astros manager, he’s not sure whether he’s ready to go beyond that yet.
Boone sees all of this as healthy, that it’s a good thing that players are expressing their feelings about how…