Already, we have heard Los Angeles Dodgers players like Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen weigh in on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Obviously the situation had a direct impact on the 2017 Dodgers due to the World Series outcome.
However we are yet to hear from one of the most prominent Dodgers on the subject – Clayton Kershaw- as of yet. That is until today, when Dodgers Nation was present at Chavez Ravine to talk to Kershaw about the scandal during an annual holiday event.
Here’s what Kershaw had to say.
Here’s the meat of his response.
“…little shocked, honestly. … During the ’17 World Series, we took all took as many precautions as we can — just because it’s the playoffs and you wanna do your due diligence.
I guess all I can say is, when the team and the players are doing what they can on the field to get the signs that’s obviously part of the game, you know? But when technology comes into to play — if that is really true — it sucks.”
In short, Kershaw was caught off guard to learn about what the Astros were allegedly up to. Moreover, he doesn’t care about the punishment because it wouldn’t bring a title home to Los Angeles.
While not surprising, it must be a hollow feeling to know that the Astros had a little added help. Remember the prominence of game five in that series? Certainly Kershaw does. If the outcome of that game turns out differently rather then the tragic ending, the Dodgers might go on to win the 2017 World Series.
Kershaw was on the mound in Houston that night when the Astros’ hitters seemed to know what was coming before he threw it. And it’s been said that at Minute Maid Park, the Astros had a booby trap set of accessories at their disposal.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said from the Winter Meetings this week a determination won’t be made in 2019, but when it does; be prepared for a lot of the Dodgers to talk about the situation one more time.
Of course, that doesn’t make any of this any easier to swallow, as Kershaw says. Still, these are the first words the Dodgers’ icon has said on this historic subject in baseball history.