The Astros’ insincerity isn’t the only reason their apologies feel insufficient.
While investigating Houston’s sign-stealing program, MLB found evidence that Houston used illegal methods during their run to the franchise’s first-ever World Series title in 2017, and parts of 2018. MLB reported no findings of impropriety last year, though it is widely suspected the Astros continued using the system, focused around accusations of Jose Altuve wearing an electronic device while hitting his pennant-winning home run off of Aroldis Chapman.
The Yankees believe they were cheated in the ALCS for a second time in three years. The Nationals believe it nearly cost them their first-ever World Series championship, claimed during Game 7 in Houston. Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki said the team could hear the Astros alerting their hitters to what pitch was coming with a system of whistling, previously brought up by the Yankees.
“Oh, yeah, no question,” Suzuki told the Washington Post when asked if the Astros were cheating in the World Series.. “We could hear it from their dugout. We heard their whistling. What are you going to do?
“The whole thing was crazy. I got messed…