You can read The Athletic and Barstool’s hit pieces or watch Jomboy’s video above, but essentially their stories all center around disgruntled ex-Astros pitcher, Mike Friers and random “anonymous” sources who say the Astros were stealing signs with the aid of a camera back in 2017.
Yes, you read that correctly. This isn’t about steroids, hacking player personnel databases, pine tar or juicing baseballs. Nope. This is about tipping fucking pitching signs! Yawn.
Honestly, I didn’t want to address something so petty but these assholes left me no choice by smearing our storied franchise’s good name across the internet as a bunch of cheaters. THANKFULLY though we live in America where you’re innocent until proven guilty and not The Athletic/Barstool/Jomboy’s world where you’re guilty if they decide to try and grasp at straws to make a viral story that says you are.
Now, my first question to the people at home and the losers who wrote these articles would be this — who looks more like a cheater, this guy:
Or this happily married, MVP who just found out he’s expecting his second baby girl:
I think I know where most well-read MLB fans will fall on this question.
Let me also ask this, even if the Stros were “cheating” over 730 days ago, which they were not, wouldn’t they still have to take these alleged tipped signs and go out and execute? And wouldn’t it take even more skill to listen for a pitch tip, digest that tip in a matter of a millisecond, make the adjustment both mentally and physically to the tip and then all within that same millisecond hit a tiny baseball traveling over 90mph that’s thrown by a professional athlete? Seems like it actually would be harder to a hit a tipped pitch than a non-tipped pitch?
Not to mention, isn’t it a skill in its own right to even figure out the tip? I mean no doubt there‘s got to be a lot of work, dedication, skill and grit that goes into locking down exactly what pitch the pitcher will throw based off of something so small as the way he’s holding his glove.
Bottom line is this, in every sport that’s ever been played in the history of sports there’s been grey areas in the game. Where competitive and cheating lines get blurred. Whether that’s deflating footballs, deer antler steroids, pine tar, or even tipping pitches. And if you don’t think EVERY SINGLE TEAM in professional sports is living in those blurred lines day in and day out, well, then you’re just as dumb as the Hubbs and Jomboys of the world.
This whole Astros are cheaters, lock’em up and throw away the keys for tipping signs is the most pathetic look I’ve ever seen. The fact it seems to all be coming from Yankee bloggers is even more sad, but unfortunately not surprising.
Jealously is the most sincere form of flattery and right now these Yankee douchebags got me blushing hard!