Recently Cody Bellinger commented with conviction about the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. Now the first Astros player has a response to Bellinger’s comments, and there is a lot here. Let’s dive into it.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic MLB leads off Saturday morning with passionate, defensive comments from Carlos Correa. Within them, he responds to Cody Bellinger’s remarks, and has a biting take on everything in general.
Carlos Correa speaks out, ripping Cody Bellinger, passionately defending José Altuve and saying the Astros deserve their 2017 title. Story: https://t.co/uAtl48SVxB
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 15, 2020
It seems like Correa is only willing to admit to cheating in 2017, if you take his comments to Rosenthal on paper for what they are.
“Well, usually I don’t have problems when people talk about 2017 and about what happened that year because honestly we were wrong. Everything that happened that year was absolutely wrong and we obviously show remorse for that because we really feel bad about everything that happened in 2017.”
Now what is Correa talking about here? How would anyone know the facts when Astros players have stuck to the script for most of the off-season? Unless I am missing it, players just recently started discussing the topic openly. Remember – baseball silenced teams and players – and that has served to put a proverbial lid on it. However, Correa acts as if the topic is one he allows at every gathering.
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Notably, he has an issue with what Cody Bellinger said.
“The problem I have is when players go out there and they don’t know the facts, they’re not informed about the situation and they just go out there and go on camera and just talk. With me, that doesn’t seem right. It doesn’t seem right at all. So when he (Bellinger) talks about that we cheated for three years he either doesn’t know how to read, is really bad at reading comprehension, or is just not informed at all. The commissioner’s report clearly says that all those activities were conducted in 2017. 2018 nothing happened. 2019 nothing happened. It was just talented players, playing the game of baseball with passion and winning ballgames.”
That’s not all, he says Bellinger doesn’t know the facts. Therefore, if you’re keeping score at home, Bellinger doesn’t know the facts nor how to read according to Correa.
“He says, “José Altuve cheated Judge out of the MVP.” Cody, you don’t know the facts. Nobody wants to talk about this but I’m going to talk about this. José Altuve was the one guy that didn’t use the trash can.”
By all means, Altuve was the only non-cheater. Correa can’t be serious here, can he? Does this mean that Alex Bregman banged the trashcan? I don’t even know where to leave this, there are so many angles I could take. Correa needs to stop talking about it, he’s digging a deeper hole. Anyone who read the report knows the facts, and why wouldn’t Bellinger have read MLB’s report? After all, it cost him a World Series ring.