Many Upset at Astros’ Apology

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Aliyah Hernandez, Staff Writer

After months of allegations and players speaking out, the Astros have finally apologized for cheating during the 2017 World Series season along with the 2018 season. During a press conference during their spring training, some members of the Astros issued an apology.

“I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team by the organization and by me,” third baseman Alex Bregman said at a press conference in Florida. “I have learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans. I would also like to thank the Astros fans for all of their support. We as a team are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season.”

Second baseman Jose Altuve also issued an apology, stating “the whole Astros organization and the team feels bad about what happened in 2017.” And We feel bad, we feel remorse, like I said, the impact on the fans, the impact on the game — we feel bad.”

After the conference, shortstop Carlos Correa spoke to the MLB Network, apologizing: “There’s no excuse for it. We were wrong. We feel really sorry.” We affected careers and the game in some way. Looking back at it was just bad … For that we’re paying the price now.”

Even former players such as former catcher Max Stassi, who was part of the Astros team from 2013 to 2019, said, “I apologize to all those around the game, the people who were affected by it, the fans, coaches. Especially the kids who look up to us. We’re supposed to set an example and do the right thing. We didn’t do that.”

The owner of the Houston Astros, Jim Crane, spoke up during the conference, stating that Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series, and we’ll leave it at that.” While also promising that he will never let a cheating scandal like this happen on his watch again.

However, MLB players weren’t pleased with the Astros’ apology. Aaron Judge, a Yankees outfielder, commented on the controversy, stating, “I just don’t think winning the 2017 World Series holds any value. You cheated. It wasn’t earned. That’s how I feel. It wasn’t earned the way of playing the game right”

Kris Bryant, the third baseman of the Chicago Cubs, also commented on the situation, saying “A lot of the apology … was about 2017. I’m pretty sure it was going on in 2018 and 2019, too. That’s just so sad. If they didn’t get caught, they’d still be doing it. They’re only doing this apology because they got caught.”

Though the players have apologized for their actions, the media and internet have continued to berate the Astros, going as far as leaving hate comments on anything related to Astros. With each day that gets closer to baseball season, more and more people join the bandwagon to hate the Astros as they attempt to clear the air.