It’s Dodgers FanFest 2020 and while fans are out to meet and greet with players and get hyped about the upcoming season, the world of baseball is also here to see what Dodger personnel have to say about the revelation that the Houston Astros potentially cheated Los Angeles out of a World Series championship in 2017.
Up first to the scrum of media waiting is Dave Roberts, who’s fiery and competitive nature was definitely being suppressed today to keep things professional.
Roberts expressed a lot of frustration, but it was hard to tell for what though – his players, his legacy, the gag order? We’ll never know because it looks like everyone has been prepared for this day for quite a few days.
First off, I think that what went down as far as what the commissioner decided to do as far as penalty, we support it. But as far as the direct impact of ’17, of the World Series, it’s frustrating — it’s really frustrating … you look at what could have happened. I can’t go too much into it, but speaking for the players, the fans — it was quite a season, it could have been different.
Where Roberts was the most defensible was for players from that World Series club.
Really for me, it goes out to some of the unfair criticism that guys like Clayton [Kershaw] took… Yu [Darvish], and Kenley [Jansen]… I guess ‘frustrating’ is probably the floor of my emotions, but that’s where I’m at.
The interview didn’t last more than 10 minutes, but not a single question about the upcoming season could really be asked.
As Roberts stated, this is going to be a topic that’s rehashed over the course of the year, so let’s hope Roberts can figure out how to leverage to get the most out of the players this year.