Yankees: 3 annoying Astros things you probably forgot about

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Gomez #30 of the Houston Astros takes a photographers camera and looks in the crowd at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Carlos Gomez #30 of the Houston Astros takes a photographers camera and looks in the crowd at Minute Maid Park on September 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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1. Astros Were Literally Caught Cheating in 2018 and Nobody Cared

If you come away from this article remembering one thing (why would you, though?), remember this.

The Houston Astros can deny all they want that they cheated after the 2017 season. They can claim the buzzers are fake. They can claim that what they were “punished” for is the sum total of illicit things that happened.

However, a year and a half before anything came out about the team’s behavior in ’17, an SB Nation article was published midway through the 2018 playoffs detailing some strange actions from Astros employees and the growing suspicion that they were indeed behaving in unsavory fashion throughout the ’18 season.

“The Astros Have Been Cheating All Season, Maybe” is one hell of a 2018 headline that we’ve largely forgotten.

As Marc Normandin detailed above, an Astros employee with a camera was kicked out of the dugout area against the Red Sox in the ALCS. He claimed he was only trying to prevent the Red Sox from cheating (And, you know what? With Alex Cora’s presence in the other dugout … valid!).

Then, unfortunately for this fella, it came to light that the Cleveland Indians had complained about the same thing a round prior. And the A’s did so over the summer. And then Jeff Passan went to work.

Quoth Normandin:

"MLB acknowledged that Astrogate* happened on Tuesday, but considered the matter closed. It doesn’t look closed, though: It turns out the Red Sox knew about this guy because the Cleveland Indians, who had lost to the Astros in the ALDS, tipped Boston off to him. Reportedly, multiple Astros employees were ejected by MLB security during Game 3 of the ALDS for similar behavior. *I’m comfortable using -gate here only because this involves spying and counterintelligence efforts And that’s when things unraveled. Jeff Passan revealed the name of this wannabe spy, Kyle MacLaughlin, as well as his connections to the Astros. He also dropped the bombshell that the A’s had complained to MLB about this behavior by the Astros back in late-August, and that there was an elaborate clapping setup in the Houston dugout to relay stolen signs to hitters."

Was this what got the ball rolling on Passan’s detective work, ultimately leading to the Mike Fiers revelations? Quite possibly!

Lost, somehow, in all our screaming about the Astros was that they behaved bizarrely throughout 2018, too, a season which they’ve been swearing up and down was completed cleanly. How have we all forgotten about this? Thank goodness, in retrospect, that Cora was over there in the other dugout cheating one step better than Houston.

Or, wait, maybe not. OK, yeah, wait, I’m actually angrier about that still. Yeah, 2017-2020 has been awful in every way. Sorry. My bad.