Astros owner Jim Crane has finally come out and apologized for lack of remorse in sign-stealing scandal
When the earth-shattering Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal came to light, Major League Baseball fans couldn’t believe it. When none of the Astros players got suspended for cheating their way to a 2017 World Series title, the disbelief quickly turned to anger.
What made things even more infuriating was that Houston showed little to no remorse. This includes team owner Jim Crane, whose apology felt like something you’d hear from a five-year-old kid after he broke a window playing baseball inside the house.
Now, though, Crane appears to have realized he made some mistakes when speaking to the media and has come out and apologized for everything that’s happened.
Will Crane’s apology be enough this time?
In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Crane certainly showed remorse and said he understands why countless fans are furious with him and the Astros as a whole.
“People are aggravated the players didn’t get suspended,’’ Crane told Nightengale in the exclusive interview, “but I didn’t have anything to do with that. That was (Commissioner) Rob (Manfred’s) call. Listen, it’s always going to be whatever you want to call it. A black mark. An asterisk. It happened. It’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for the game.
“We broke the rules. We got penalized. We were punished. There’s no doubt it weighs on all of us every single day.”
Houston realized people won’t forget about their cheating ways soon in a big way this week. Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly went ahead and sent a massive statement, throwing at both Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. The benches-clearing melee resulted in Kelly being suspended eight games.
Kelly, who is appealing the suspension, is one of countless big leaguers who lost a ton of respect for the Dodgers. While Crane’s latest comments seem sincere, many out there may believe it’s too little, too late.