“Couldn’t Alex Bregman do better than reading off a tiny slip of paper?” we said. “Pretending to be upset they were caught … this is embarrassing.”
Gattis showed no contrition regarding his team’s strategy, instead calling it “f***ing fun,” and didn’t let the Dodgers off the hook either in his boisterous tirade.
According to the ex-catcher, who rose from obscurity and a remarkable set of jobs between abandoning baseball and finding his spark again, his Astros team was far from the only dirty MLB team, which was the primary impetus for creating the system in the first place.
Per Gattis, some of the current Astros have reached out to the Dodgers to try to get them to stop posturing for the camera … considering they’ve also got some skeletons in their closet.
Former Astros star Evan Gattis says the Dodgers cheated.
As Gattis put it, in his own special way:
"“There’s people in our clubhouse who have had to call other people from the Dodgers clubhouse and say, ‘Hey you need to clean up your shit, because, yo, we know, bro. Why you gotta be like that?,'” Gattis saidEarlier in the podcast, Gattis had similar things to say about the Dodgers being up in arms about what the Astros were doing.“Everybody has a system,” Gattis said. “Everybody knows a buddy that has a buddy that’s on the Dodgers in the baseball world. It’s like, ‘Yo, we know, so you guys got to kind of chill out with that shit.'”"
“Everybody”? Really? Every single team has some sort of real-time, technology-aided method for stealing signs?
Then again, we know about the Brewers … and the Rockies … and the Red Sox … he may have a point.
Astros fans have always believed that their team was unfairly scapegoated despite their admitted guilt, and Gattis’ unfiltered quotes this week certainly added fuel to that fire. Specifically, though, him fingering the Dodgers as hypocrites will rightly get most of the attention, especially in Houston.
All told, the interview was objectively a fun time, and Gattis had a number of vitriol-filled words for New York, Boston and the other losers who wound up choking in Houston’s championship wake.
We may never know the full extent of the various schemes and tricks spread around Major League Baseball midway through the past decade, but … we’d like to. Open it all up. Unseal the vault.
And have someone as interesting as Gattis recount the details, if that’s possible.