If an accolade is an expression of praise or admiration, what is the opposite of an accolade? Condemnation. Disapproval. Criticism.
Suffice it to say that the Houston Astros received no accolades from their peers, and baseball people in general, today as they appeared in a painfully rehearsed press conference devoid of any emotion or truth.
Old friend David Freese led the way, and didn’t hold back:
??????that’s it? What a f*#*!!! joke. I’m old, retired, out of the game so screw my thoughts but damn lol. All people want is something from the heart if it’s there. Something!!
— David Freese (@DavidFreese) February 13, 2020
"Me and others were pissed at the situation when it all came out. But the lack of accountability and fake ass apologies since have made us more mad. Karma is coming!"
– anon. current MLB player on #Astros
— Dan (@DanClarkSports) February 13, 2020
Many of the reactions speak for themselves…
Royals All-Star Whit Merrifield on the Astros: “I have no interest in hearing about them…. I have no respect for those guys anymore.”https://t.co/GcedSxMKFo
— Lynn Worthy (@LWorthySports) February 13, 2020
Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer has been VERY outspoken on several topics this off-season, with the Astros scandal right at the top of the list.
Let’s say someone messes up. Messes up bigly, even. And the truth is that they really don’t care about messing up. At all. In fact, they would do it all over again, and you know this. Asking for a friend, would you rather receive:
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) February 13, 2020
Needless to say, no one in baseball media was pleased:
— Mad Dog Sports Radio (@MadDogRadio) February 13, 2020
And LA Times’ Bill Plaschke did not hold back:
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) February 14, 2020
And our own Dodgers fans are not getting over this any time soon, if at all:
put him on a stick so we can roast him over a campfire https://t.co/4QJmMegs6C
— kenley jansen/AD szn? (@nut4dgr) February 14, 2020
Live look at Astros Spring Training. pic.twitter.com/ziv9Qb6pKZ
— AJ Gonzalez? (@AJontheguitar) February 14, 2020
This season will prove to be interesting, indeed.