The Astros will give you contrition. They will not give you their championship.
Addressing the public for the first time since the revelation of their sport-rattling, sign-stealing system, Astros owner Jim Crane said the team’s 2017 World Series title should have no asterisks despite his team’s elaborate and long-running scheme.
“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game,” Crane said Monday morning. “We had a good team. We won the World Series. We’ll leave it at that.”
When a reporter dutifully wouldn’t leave it at that, Crane attempted to backtrack.
“It’s hard to say how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game,” the owner said.
Crane also fought back against assertions that he should have taken more responsibility for the actions, but he hid behind claims that the whole operation was occurring without his knowledge.
“I don’t think I should be held accountable,” Crane said.
Representing a roster filled with players who won’t be punished, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman claimed to feel remorse for their role in cheating.
“I am really sorry about the choices were made by my team, the organization…