When the Astros’ 2017 cheating scandal broke in 2019, team owner Jim Crane wanted to make sure everyone knew. unpolluted championship. “Our opinion is that this has no effect on the game,” Crane said. “We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that. Right winger Josh Reddick expressed the same view: “I think the point is, we’re still a good team and that’s not the point for us to win. We’re still out. there and win ball games on the road.”
Essentially, this argument boils down to “We are a good team. It is only a matter of time before we win. Cheating isn’t necessary, it just speeds up the process. “
The team’s 2022 championship is proof that Crane and Reddick’s claims are both true. They’re good enough to win… so why cheat?
I know this 2022 roster isn’t the same as the 2017 roster, but the Astros’ continued dominance since the 2017 World Series – three World Series appearances and five consecutive ALCS appearances – is proof that even As their team has changed over the years, the sentiment of the two statements above remains the same.
This organization is very well built from the player’s point of view. Even after the cheating scandal broke, they made it to the ALCS in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, followed by two consecutive World Series appearances and a World Series title. They are built for the future. Everyone in the baseball world knows that the Astros will be rivals for years to come. Obviously, the 2017 series wasn’t their only shot to win them all.
I’m very happy for the 2022 Astros. I’m not minimizing this accomplishment. I’ve never been one of those haters who claimed that the Astros couldn’t win without cheating. That title is in the distant past. They’ve continued to win and win and win. I feel especially great for Jeremy Peña, Dusty Baker, Trey Mancini, Martín Maldonado, Mattress Mack, and Houstonians, who get their mattress back. I don’t disparage this moment for them or the city of Houston. They deserve it. However, I don’t know how anyone could look at this title and think it acquired the Astros’ franchise for their crimes in 2017.
Congratulations Astros! You have played well for a very long time and deserve this championship. But you’re supposed to be an even better team in 2017. You don’t have to cheat, and while I hate to keep taking it down after 5 years, it needs to be said, because I do. just know that someone will claim that this title frees the 2017 Astros from any wrongdoing. Obviously not.