YO JUICE! SAY IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK!!! Couldn’t have said it better. Look, say what you want about Juice. But I’ll be goddamned if you say he’s not charismatic and making COMPLETE and TOTAL sense of the Astros’ scandal and baseball as a whole in this short Twitter video.
Newsflash: baseball players cheat. It’s just what they do, and OJ knows that as much as anyone. Remember when we had a live Red Line Radio at Jewel a few months back and I cheated at Supermarket Sweep? It wasn’t my fault, I’m a ballplayer. It’s genetically encoded in my DNA. One minute I’m scurrying around trying to find a very specific can of tomato sauce in less than 2 mins, the next I’m asking a 90 year old shelf stocker where I can find it. It was instinct, like when a lion tackles a gazelle.
Just think about it, we had gambling scandals in the early 1900s, to Gaylord Perry spit balls, to Sammy Sosa corked bats, to steroids, to the Cardinals hacking into Astros’ proprietary info, to sign stealing using technology.
And make no mistake about it, baseball will evolve and find new ways to find an edge. I think the Astros’ scandal is just the tip of the iceberg and they’re going to get popped for something else – like doctoring baseballs to increase spin rate as Trevor Bauer has to eloquently alluded to over the years – and just like in years prior, baseball will be a step behind those who are performing said acts of cheating.
Time is a flat circle. I know that, you know that, baseball knows that, and the guy who’s best known for being the only player to ever rush for 2000 yards in a 14 game NFL season knows that.