From the moment Major League Baseball confirmed the 2017 Houston Astros team had cheated on the way to winning the World Series, fans have wondered what members of that team would say about their actions. Were they remorseful, or defiant? Would they claim ignorance, or say that it wasn’t that big of a deal?
The Astros held a news conference Thursday morning at their spring training home in West Palm Beach, Fla. The owner Jim Crane, the new manager Dusty Baker, and players Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were besieged with questions about the scandal.
“Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game,” said Crane. “We had a good team. We won the World Series, we’ll leave it there.” A minute later, when asked if he really believed the scheme didn’t have an effect, Crane contradicted himself: “I didn’t say it didn’t impact the game.”
“We’re apologizing because we broke the rules,” he said.
The locker room was open after the news conference, and all players — about a dozen remain from the 2017 team — answered questions. No player said they believed the scheme affected the results of the 2017 postseason, or that the team’s World Series trophy should be taken…