It’s Friday! It feels great to say that. I love the weekend because it gives me time to rest after a long week as well as spend more time with the family and watch a lot of sports. If you want to contact me please do so at email@example.com or on Twitter at @KCSportsMonitor. I would love to hear from you. If you have a question I might include it in a future post or podcast.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
OFF THE TOP
The Houston Astros talked with the media Thursday for the first time since the cheating scandal broke this offseason and it didn’t go well. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman both read statements that showed no real remorse for what the team did. The team as a whole didn’t seem to grasp the damage they did to the sport. From what I heard, Carlos Correa appeared to have the best understanding of what they did to hurt others in the game.
Astros owner Jim Crane said that the sign-stealing did not help the team. He said that they won the World Series and that he would leave it at that. It was an absolutely ridiculous approach to try to tell the public that it’s over. The public will decide when it’s over.
The Astros will, and should, hear it from fans throughout the season at every road game for sure and possibly even home games. Players on other teams have been outspoken about how upset they are about what was done in Houston.
Royals’ centerfielder Whit Merrifield said that he no longer has any interest in hearing about the Astros, talking to them or interacting with them at all. He has no respect for the Astros. Whit said that knowing the pitch is one of the biggest advantages a player can have as a hitter and called it blatant cheating. He said that players talk and he knows that the Astros have been doing it for years.
The Astros affected the careers of some players. They not only inflated their own statistics, which is so important in baseball, but they hurt the statistics of their opponents unfairly.
The backlash of this won’t end any time soon. It will be interesting to see if any pitchers retaliate during the season by throwing at Astros batters. I would not blame any pitcher for throwing at an Astros batter and the Astros better take it.
- Mike Matheny said that he is open to using an opener for the fifth starter’s spot in the rotation.
IN THE NEWS
- Former Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season. When asked why chose the Pirates Dyson said there wasn’t much out there and sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Nice.
- Major League Baseball and the MLBPA made a joint contribution of $1 million to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Thursday to raise awareness of the history and importance of the league. On Saturday, June 22, all teams will wear a patch for the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues.
TODAY: This weekend is the NBA All-Star weekend. Tonight is the Rising Stars game in which it is the United States vs the World. This game includes the league’s top first- and second-year players. The game is on TnT at 8:00 pm.
PODCAST: Last night’s podcast should now be available wherever you get your podcasts.
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