As February arrives, usually it means one thing for baseball fans… baseball. However, this February has been much different. With the feel of an episode of The Jerry Springer Show, drama stemming from the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal has given networks (and websites) enough daily bulletin board material to last a lifetime.
From players battling each other through the media to the commissioner completely de-valuing the World Series trophy — you know, the Commissioner’s Trophy — fans and players all over are making it abundantly clear:
They’re not happy with the Astros punishment, the players involved, the attempted apology by the organization, and now commissioner Rob Manfred.
And for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, while he’s happy his players are passionate about the transgressions of the Astros, he also concedes that it’s time to move on.
"I think that our guys have handled it really well, considering what has taken place and what has been talked about."
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) February 15, 2020
Everyone has their right to kind of voice their thoughts and opinions, but I do think that at the end of the day it’s very important for all of us to come together and move on and look forward to 2020.
Notably, Roberts said that before Manfred went on his personal self-destruction tour on Sunday. Still for the LA manager, he chose to take the high road with the commissioner’s comments calling the World Series trophy a “piece of metal.” (It’s important to note that Roberts had just become aware of the comments during the media availability).
I missed that one… He said that one? I think that he understands the value and what it signifies, I do think that.
One area where Dave Roberts hit the nail on the head is when he answered the question “what will it take to get this to settle down — what has to happen here?” Doc was simple and to the point. “Time.”
Tuesday marks the first official full-squad workout for the club. Prior to field work, the organization, lead by Roberts, will host its annual welcoming meeting for the more than 60 players in major league camp. When asked what his message will be, Doc said it’s honestly “TBD” with the Astros noise still swirling. In all likelihood, one note will be to put the past behind and look completely to 2020.
Of course, that will likely still take time.