The Houston Astros kinda sorta apologized Thursday for illegally stealing signs over the last few years, but they certainly didn't sound sorry.
The Astros received unprecedented punishment and fired their manager and general manager in January as a result of Major League Baseball's findings from an investigation into Houston's sign-stealing operation. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran also lost their jobs. Both Cora and Beltran were part of the 2017 World Series-winning Astros team.
Astros players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, along with team owner Jim Crane gave brief remarks regarding the embarrassing situation at a spring training press conference Thursday morning. It would be an understatement to say their comments were poorly received.
Crane's comments were so incredible that he quickly became a top trend on Twitter.
Jim Crane: "Our opinion is this didn't impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series and we'll leave it at that."
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 13, 2020
Stealing signs didn't impact the game? If it had no impact, why did the Astros go to so much trouble to steal the signs and relay them to batters?
MLB Twitter absolutely roasted the Astros for their lackluster apology. Here's some of the best reaction to Houston's remarks.
Jim Crane: "We're apologizing because we broke the rules." He won't concede breaking the rules gave the Astros an advantage.
This press conference was an absolute disaster for the Astros.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 13, 2020
This press conference with Astros owner Jim Crane is a joke. MLB should have stripped their 2017 World Series title and he should have been forced to sell the team. To only blame the fired GM and manager and to not hold the players accountable is A JOKE. #Embarassing #Cheaters
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) February 13, 2020
Astros owner Jim Crane claiming cheating didn't help them win the World Series may be the most tone deaf, arrogant, and despised statement in baseball since steroid scandal. Stunning!
— Jay Crawford (@JaycrawfordCLE) February 13, 2020
Jim Crane sounds tone deaf. Jose Altuve and Alex Bergman spoke for less than a minute and a half combined. Dusty Baker, who has been Astros manager for two weeks, sounded the most sincere. What a mess.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 13, 2020
The Astros PR department should be fired over this joke of a press conference 🤦🏾♂️
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 13, 2020
Man, the last four months of the Astros' PR management are just an *incredible* case study in what not to do
— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) February 13, 2020
After weeks of huddling & deciding how they were going to handle their apology, THIS is what the Astros came up with??? A canned, generic, 20-second statement from Bregman & Altuve w/ zero details & no real acknowledgment of the impact their actions had on the game of baseball???
— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) February 13, 2020
MLB Twitter roasts Houston Astros for lackluster sign-stealing apology originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston