WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Nationals GM Mike Rizzo loved beating Houston in the World Series last October. On Friday he offered up his own St. Valentine’s Day massacre of the cheatin’ Astros.
The two teams share the same spring training complex but that is about all they share.
“We’re the 2019 World Series champions,’’ Rizzo began, “I couldn’t be more proud of this group than that. We did it with character, dignity and did it the right way, so we feel good about that. The thing that pains me the most is that it puts a black cloud over the sport that I love. And that’s not right.
“The commissioner did an investigation and found that they cheated in 2017 and 2018. Somebody has got to say the words over there, cheated, and that’s important to me for the sport to move on. We have to make sure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed on this investigation before we end it.’’
It’s bad enough that the electronically-sign-stealing Astros cheated, it’s bad too that Astros ownership and players did not use the word cheated in their apology on Thursday. Owner Jim Crane admitted the Astros “broke the rules’’ and that seemed to be the…