2017 Astros slugger admits playoff cheating, falls off rails in Twitter rant
By Adam Weinrib
You remember Evan Gattis, right? Great story? Emerged from out of nowhere doing janitorial work to make the Atlanta Braves? Wound up on the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros and hit .300 with 5 walks in the World Series against the Dodgers? Whatever happened to him, anyway?
Oh ... oh. That happened to him.
While several 2017 Astros have clammed up about their own malfeasance, Gattis has never been shy about his team's scandal, calling the trash can scheme "f***ing fun" on a 2021 podcast. He's readily admitted benefitting from pitch precogition, though he's been unwilling to claim sole responsibility; according to Gattis, his team warned the Dodgers about their transgressions back in 2017, too. We've heard this one before. Josh Reddick said it, too. Whataboutism at its finest.
Needless to say, of all the 2017 World Series participants, Gattis might be the least mum on what went down. On Sunday night, he uncorked another whopper, admitting to a Yankees fan that his home run in Game 7 of the ALCS came on a pitch where the sign had been stolen.
Dodgers World Series villain Evan Gattis opens up about 2017 cheating in Twitter rant
Surely the Astros stopped cheating right then and there if the pitch that helped send Houston to the World Series came after a swiped sign. Surely they decided they'd had enough of an advantage ahead of battling with the Dodgers, and would play fair from that point forward.
Unfortunately, that was really the only baseball morsel Gattis dropped in his late-night Twitter rantings on Sunday. He spent the majority of his Easter discussion musing about the concept of racism: eg, what it was.
That's ... not comforting.
He then continued by attempting to undermine racism and question why he'd been lumped a racist from time to time. If that's a question you have to ask, it's probably better to look inward rather than take to the internet.
Remember these tweets the next time an Astros fan tries to prop up Gattis as the bearded Pope/truth-seeker/the only one MAN ENOUGH to admit that cheating rules.
It's possible that, now that we've gotten our information about Game 7 of the ALCS, it's time to leave this man well enough alone as he works through his demons.