Spring training is here! The birth of a new season is upon us. It’s supposed to be a happy and exciting time. Well, not this year, at least not yet. Instead, the Astros’ cheating scandal and the responses to it have dominated headlines and fan sentiment. Each and every day we get a new wrinkle, and I have to say, it’s exhausting. Whether it’s Jim Crane, Rob Manfred, or Houston players insulting our intelligence, enough is enough. No one is sorry and we can’t expect contrition.
We can remain rightfully pissed at them, and hopefully that’s cathartic to some degree. But at this point, for me personally, there’s only so much more my attention span can take. This should be an exciting time of the year, particularly with such a terrific Yankees team in camp.
The media has already and will continue to ask the Yankees’ players and staff about the Astros. That’s understandable given the current headlines, but at some point soon, I really hope the focus turns to the team on the field. I mean, look at the squad the Yankees will run out this season. After back-to-back 100-win campaigns, they added Gerrit freakin’ Cole. Yes, there were a few losses in free agency, but the team’s fantastic young core is in tact. They’re a great team with a ton of easy to root for players. They should be World Series favorites. That’s what I want the focus to be.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting to forget about Houston’s transgressions. To put it nicely: screw them. Will I still get sucked in to each day’s newest installment of the scandal’s stupidity? I may. But at the same time, I really want to move on to this current Yankees club. Again, this team is really good, though you didn’t need me to tell you that.
Baseball should be fun. Yes, it’s a big business and there are a number of issues with the sport at the moment, and not just what’s going on with the Astros. But at the end of the day, we all tune in for our own personal enjoyment. We all want to see Luis Severino fired up…
…or Aaron Judge send a ball to outer space…
Ah, that’s the good stuff.
Real games are right around the corner and I think that’s just what the doctor ordered. Seeing live action, even if it’s just Grapefruit League play, will remind us of some of the things we love about baseball. The Astros and league can’t ruin that for us, no matter how hard they may try.