There are a hundred questions a day that come out of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, most of them involving the cheaters themselves, as it should be, and the people in positions of power who enabled them for years.
Here’s what fascinates me:
What about Astros fans?
Remember, this was a franchise that had existed for more than a half-century with almost no discernible history. There was the Astrodome, which when it was built was billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. There were two classic NLCS losses, in 1980 to the Phillies (maybe the greatest playoff series of all time) and in 1986 to the Mets (which featured Game 6, which some consider the greatest postseason game of all time).
There was one World Series appearance from 1962-2017 — a four-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox in 2005, after the White Sox had gone 88 years without winning one (including, ironically as it turned out, 1919 — which, until recently, lived alone as the greatest scandal in baseball history). There were some fine players through the years — Cesar Cedeno, Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio.
Still, until 2017, you could argue the Astros were the very definition of a…