If there is one thing that almost all Americans can agree on these days, it’s that cheating in baseball is an ugly, unpatriotic act of selfishness and immorality.
This isn’t just another sport being played here in the United States; this is the national pastime, and by God we’re going to keep it as pure as we possibly can. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated, and the Houston Astros are about to learn this the hard way.
You see, the Astros have now been caught red-handed, stealing signs from other teams as they made their way to the World Series back in 2017 and 2018 – with the team winning the World Series in 2017.
For the 2020 season, many believe that Houston players will be targeted by pitchers, and that the team will have a rough go of it on the road as well.
But what may hurt the Houston Astros’ pride the most is happening in a Little League in Pennsylvania.
The head of a Pennsylvania Little League district has announced that none of his teams will be permitted to use the Astros nickname, in response to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Bob Bertoni, head of District 16/31 Little League, told his teams, “Right now, in our leagues, the Astros are suspended,” Bertoni said according to ESPN.
Bertoni noted that teams in his district had used the name in the past, but no more.
“I think about our Little League pledge; that’s the first thing that comes to my mind. Part of the pledge is, ‘I will play fair, and strive to win,’” Bertoni insisted.
“Our kids emulate and idolize major league players. I don’t think we as an organization should be idolizing teams that have decided not to play by the rules,” he continued.
We can only imagine that this sort of boycott of the Astros’ likeness will spread throughout the nation, as the once-venerable team works to repair their reputation over the course of the next several years.