You remember the 2015 Yankees, right? What’s that? You don’t? You basically don’t? Because it was the most forgettable one-game playoff run in franchise history, and Yankee fans don’t typically glorify veteran-laden teams that stumble into the Wild Card Game and get shut out? Got it. Makes, honestly, total sense.
Unfortunately, the 2015 Yankees have become a focal point in Houston this week among the game’s weirdest conspiracy theorists. When the Yankee Letter was unsealed and “revealed!!!” a bunch of information that was publicly available in 2017 about the Yanks using the replay room inappropriately, ‘Stros fans went buckwild, claiming the Yankees invented cheating, and then waxed poetic about their heroes striding into Yankee Stadium and winning that year’s Wild Card battle.
Never mind that they lost — choked spectacularly, in fact — to the Royals in the ALDS. No, no. Suddenly, the Forgotten Wild Card Game became a rallying cry.
And not just among those running 40-follower Twitter accounts called “Yankees Shame Tour”. No, no. Credentialed Houston media, too! They also cared!
Please enjoy Houston Chronicle writer Matt Young asking that Dallas Keuchel receive an extra award for his dominance of the 2015 Yankees, who were CHEATING (when there was a runner on second sometimes)!!!
Fine, let’s give him another award: Pettiest Local Journalist Friend?
Astros fans want Dallas Keuchel to get second Cy Young for beating the 2015 Yankees
Now, I may find this article pedantic and embarrassing, but at the very least, it’s been thoroughly fact-checked and spell-checked. No way this guy just shot from the hip after having a full year of edge-of-his-seat anticipation for the Yankee Letter.
Don’t believe me? Just check out the first paragraph!
"It’s now been confirmed that the 2015 Yankees hitters were cheating. They had players in the video replay room decoding opponents’ signals, then relaying those signals to people in the dugout. That makes Dallas Keuchel’s 2015 Cy Youg Award season all the more remarkable."
Yup! “Cy Youg”. Cy. Youg. Made it all the way to Sentence No. 3! Plus, there’s that whole “it’s now been confirmed” thing when the letter is comprised 100% of information we already knew back in 2015, but hey, when you pre-write your lede 12 months ahead of time, you’re bound to make a few mistakes.
Midway through the article, Young (yup, he misspelled his own last name in the whole “Cy Youg” snafu) even admits that he didn’t get the evidence he was looking for, writing that the letter “didn’t reveal any ways the dugout might have passed on the signs to hitters in real time”. Ah, rats! That was, like, your entire argument! Unfortunately, you buried it under an avalanche of gritted teeth and typos.
You want to accuse Yankee fans of living in the past, Houston? Then you can’t still be living in the 2015 Wild Card Game. That’s how that works.
Which reminds us … how’s Keuchel doing now? Surely, the 2015 Cy Young winner must still be on the Astros, right? Considering you’re using your Thursday to defend him so hard?
Yup. Keuchel, now on the White Sox, needed four shutout innings against Kansas City on April 26 to get his ERA for the season down to 9.00. Previously, he’d allowed 10 earned runs in six innings of play.
Guess the best-case scenario is that the 2022 Cleveland Guardians, who rocked him, eventually get dinged for a video replay room violation, and the Houston Chronicle gets to write another column defending their former pitcher in 2026?