As pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training for the Dodgers and other MLB teams, the Houston Astros had a press conference scheduled to address and formally apologize for cheating.
As Spring Training represents the turning of a page to that of a new season, I was set to write a piece about me personally forgiving the Houston Astros. Jim Crane and 99% of the 2017 Astros changed my mind.
The press conference turned into a complete train wreck and yes, I’m specifically thinking the train at Minute Maid Park.
For starters, the apologies by Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve were scripted and didn’t feel genuine. I get it, these guys aren’t public speakers and could’ve been uncomfortable, but it’s amazing how genuine and comfortable they felt in front of the camera in 2017 when they were swinging a “hot bat.”
Dusty Baker’s comments were nice and leader-like material, but ultimately just those of a new manager trying to leverage his reputation to reset the opinion baseball fans have of his new players. Let’s not forget though, he’s managed a different type of cheater before.
Dusty Baker managed Barry Bonds. The Astros didn’t hire him to…