Ex-Astros catcher Evan Gattis: Sorry isn’t ‘good enough’ for sign-stealing

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Former Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis says saying sorry isn't "good enough" after his former team was caught illegally stealing signs during its 2017 World Series winning run.

Speaking to The Athletic on the 755 Is Real podcast, Gattis reflected on the cheating scandal and offered his apology. The Astros had to use all seven games AND cheat in order to beat one of the best Dodger teams we have ever seen. We obviously cheated baseball.

As a die-hard Yankees fan, I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to watching an Astro's away game.

"I'm not asking for sympathy or anything like that", Gattis said.

"If our punishment is being hated by everybody forever, then (so be it)". "I don't know what should be done, but something had to f-king be done".

"I do agree with that, big time". And I do think it's good for baseball that they clean it up. And I understand that it is not good enough to ask for forgiveness. The practice continued for parts of the 2018 season. The team lost $5 million and some draft picks. Alex Cora, the Astros bench coach in 2017, lost his job as manager of the Boston Red Sox and Carlos Beltrán, who finished his playing career with the 2017 Astros, lost his job as manager of the New York Mets. We didn't look at our moral compass and say, 'Yeah, this is right.' It was nearly like paranoia warfare or something. But what we did was wrong. It was wrong for the nature of competition - not even just baseball.

The scandal came to light after the former pitcher in the Astros ' Mike Fiers, who now pitches for the A's, would tell The Athletic on the misdeeds of the Astros last November.

"It got out of [expletive] control", Gattis said of the Astors' cheating in 2017. "Because if not, then what?" If anybody needed a little bit of a baseball hiatus, there is no doubt it was the Astros and that is just what they got, possibly even for a year.

"You work your whole life to try to [expletive] hit a ball, and you mean you can tell me what's coming?" I feel bad for fans because I really wish everyone was there.

No players have been directly punished for their roles in the sign-stealing scheme. And I still don't know how to feel. "Not mad at people hating us, just mad, like kind of on the fans' side", he said. Gattis also said that other team-mates were upset by what happened. "I understand why you're mad".



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