The Houston Astros organization has yet to demonstrate adequate remorse for their actions. Anyone who believes they have has not been paying any attention to the lack of emotion and empathy that Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has shown. Jose Altuve did not apologize. Dallas Keuchel, who no longer pitches for the Astros, gave an apology, but it was visibly lacking real remorse.
Clayton Kershaw is as clean of a competitor as they come and you have to know that he is upset that he had his legacy tarnished by this scandal. Kershaw spoke at the Justin Turner Foundation’s annual golf tournament event and broke his silence on the matter:
Clayton Kershaw, at the Justin Turner Foundation’s annual golf event, on the #Astros’ illegal sign-stealing: “It is a little bit interesting that the Astros players haven’t said sorry or meant it or anything like that. Not a whole lot of remorse.” #Dodgers
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) January 27, 2020
“It is a little bit interesting that the Astros players haven’t said sorry or meant it or anything like that. Not a whole lot of remorse.”
Kershaw is exactly right. The Astros are at fault and do not seem to be interested in apologizing for their actions. When Astros owner Jim Crane was questioned about the situation, he basically pleaded the fifth and consulted his PR people instead of apologizing from the heart.
It is clear that the Astros do not believe that they should be as heavily punished and frowned upon as they are. Many of the players who were on the roster in 2017, when they defeated the Dodgers in seven games in the World Series, are still on the club in 2020. They have either been silent or have shown the lack of remorse that I mentioned and Kershaw discussed, as well.
Dodgers president of baseball operation Andrew Friedman shared his thoughts on the lack of apologies out of Houston players over the weekend at FanFest — did he think they have shown enough remorse?
In my personal opinion, they have not.
This is one that will not get lived down for quite some time.