This story just keeps getting juicier and juicier. Turns out, The Astros are the big time cheaters.
Yahoo Sports –The Boston Red Sox were warned that a man credentialed by the Houston Astros might try to steal signs or information from their dugout after the Cleveland Indians caught him taking pictures of their dugout with a cellphone camera during Game 3 of the American League Division Series,
A photograph obtained by Yahoo Sports showed a man named Kyle McLaughlin aiming a cell phone into Cleveland’s dugout during the Indians’ 11-3 loss that ended their season. McLaughlin was the same man caught taking pictures near the Red Sox’s dugout during Game 1 of the AL Championship Series.
Sources: The Indians warned the Red Sox about a man named Kyle McLaughlin taking pictures of their dugout for the Houston Astros. MLB also looked into an August incident in which Oakland alleged an Astros sign-stealing scheme.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 17, 2018
While McLaughlin is not listed publicly as an Astros employee, photographs on his Instagram account (which has since been deleted) showed him wearing an Astros ID badge as he posed for a picture in 2016 with Astros owner Jim Crane. In another photo, McLaughlin is standing next to a private plane with logos for the Astros and two companies owned by Crane, Crane Worldwide Logistics and Crane Capital Group. McLaughlin removed “Houston Astros” from his biography on his Instagram page Tuesday night.
The Yahoo article goes on to talk about the Astros’ attempts to gain competitive advantages this season.During a late-August game against Oakland, A’s players noticed Astros players clapping in the dugout before pitches and believed they were relaying stolen signs to pitchers in the batter’s box.
Two major league players said they have witnessed the Astros hitting a trash can in the dugout in recent years and believe it is a way to relay signals to hitters. The Los Angeles Dodgers also believed the Astros were stealing signs during the World Series last season, according to two sources.
This is just crazy, turns out the Astros are the biggest group of cheaters that ever existed. This is a pretty big story, surely the worldwide leader in sports has picked this up by now. Let’s take a look! Update: It is now there, image refreshed. The tiniest of tiny blurbs too, almost missed it the second time around.
If this was the Red Sox doing this, it would be splattered all over the front page because ESPN loves to slander this city and I’ve had enough of them. How can Houston deny this guy isn’t with the team when the world of social media exists. You can’t just remove something from your bio and think everything just disappears. The internet doesn’t work like that you rat. Here he is with the Astros team plane, AND posing with the owner of the Astros:
I’m not calling for Houston’s head, clearly the Sox can win even when the Astros do cheat. All that guy saw last night when looking into the Sox dugout was a bunch of dudes celebrating going up 2-1 in the ALCS. Hopefully for the Astros, they can regroup tonight, steal some signs and try to claw their way back into this thing. Funny how the Sox win once this guy is removed.