The last few weeks have brought a few items to the table relative to “IT”. In case you have been held in a foreign prison or are at an age where the memory is not so great – this is what “IT” is.
All three of the main people suspended because of “IT” have been in the recent news:
- Alex Cora who was found guilty of cheating with the Astros as bench coach, but not really found guilty of cheating with the Red Sox as manager (even though an underling with the Red Sox was suspended) bounced back from his season of suspension to be…. manager of the Red Sox again.
- A.J. Hinch who was found guilty for his part as the manager when “IT” was occurring and suspended by baseball for a year and fired by the Astros forever was hired by the Detroit Tigers to be their new manager.
- Jeff Luhnow who also was suspended by MLB and fired by the Astros, suddenly decided to have an interview in a very controlled setting where again he denied knowing or being expected to know anything about “IT”. This was followed by a report of Luhnow getting “lawyered” up and filing suit for the money that was taken away from him by the firing (plus I’m sure additional costs for personal pain and anguish).
- And on the heels of this is news that George Springer may choose to go elsewhere as a free agent, just to put distance between himself and “IT”.
So, as everyone seems to move forward or onward or at least to court for a change of scenery, the question here is…..what about us? The long suffering fans of Houston have no escape except to perhaps stop cheering for the team. For many of the fans getting the first championship was a lifelong search for the Holy Grail. The ultimate betrayal was to learn that this was a tarnished trophy, due to purposeful and planned cheating by the home team.
The fans in general can’t do like Hinch and move their allegiance somewhere else. They can’t really sue the team (though I guess some fans have) for what has happened like Luhnow has. They can’t even pull a Cora and pretend like nothing happened.
No, we are stuck with the knowledge that our team and by reflection, us fans, are forever tied to one championship that no one believes was deserved.
When George signs that 5 year $120 million contract with someone (who could be….shiver…. the Red Sox) we may be happy for him, but there will be some melancholy mixed into the day.
What about us?