“No, I don’t think I should be held accountable,” Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said in response to a question from the media Thursday morning during the team’s press conference to address the team illegally stealing signs and cheating its way to a World Series title and a second World Series appearance over the past three seasons.
Crane was asked if the sign-stealing impacted competition, he actually replied that it may not have. Seriously, he said that.
When asked why players showed no remorse at the Astros FanFest held over the winter, Crane incredulously replied, “They probably just got caught off guard” and “were not prepared.”
Crane also added that the Astros did not cheat at all in 2019 – despite proof to the contrary.
Two of the biggest names attached to the scandal, player-wise, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve read prepared statements and then headed off to hide in the clubhouse without answering a single question.
“I am really sorry about the choices that were made by me team, by the organization and by me. I’ve learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans,” said Bregman. “I’ve learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. I’d also like to thank the Astros fans for all of their support. We as a team are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season. Thank you.”
Jose Altuve said, “the whole Astros organization and the team feels bad about what happened in 2017. We feel remorse for the impact on our fans and the game of baseball.”
So glad they feel bad.
New manager Dusty Baker also answered numerous questions alongside Jim Crane and fulfilled his role as designated apologist perfectly.
“I just want to ask for the baseball world to forgive for the mistakes that they made,” said Baker.
All in all it was an absolute disaster and frankly, just made things worse for everyone assocaited with the Astros.
Almost nothing that was said showed any real remorse and basically sounded like a big F you to everyone, which was reflected in the reactions by baseball fans across America.
Stay tuned. More reactions surely to come.
Right...they did it because trash can acoustics are good for the soul.— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) February 13, 2020
Yes, they had a good team. But of course it impacted the game. If it didn’t impact the game, why continue it? Don’t play the public for fools. Just apologize, be accountable, and move forward. https://t.co/Hf7iFL7FRz