Red Sox pitcher defends Houston Astros after Carlos Beltran's recent comments
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale joined WEEI's The Greg Hill Show on Monday and was asked about Carlos Beltran's recent comments about the Astos World Series title being tainted in 2017 due to sign-stealing. Sale had a different reaction to Beltran's comments than I believe many were expecting.
“I don’t know, man. Here’s the thing, and I’m going to give you my honest opinion. If the Astros were the only team doing it, then yeah, give it back. Take it back. I know for a fact they weren’t,” Sale said. He also went on to caution people about pointing fingers at teams for cheating. "Make sure that you and your team weren’t doing something..."
And let's be real, Carlos Beltran just took a job working essentially for the Yankees. If he wants to keep that job, he's going to have to toe the company line. And while I'm reading between the lines here, I think Sales' quote about "pointing fingers" is directly pointed at the Yankees. Plus, we know the Red Sox have been punished twice by MLB for using technology to steal signs, so obviously the Astros weren't the only team doing it. And MLB concluded that the Yankees improperly used a dugout phone in 2017.
At this point, we're talking about stuff that happened 5 years ago, and Sale said as much. He feels it's time to move on, and there's nothing we can do now to fix what happened in 2017.
Editor's note: Chris Sale discusses the Astros and Yankees around the 10-minute mark in the video above.