Can Someone Please Explain To Me How Alex Cora Was The Mastermind Of The Astros' Sign-Stealing Scheme When He Wasn't There When It Started Or Ended?
A new report is out from the Wall Street Journal, and boy does it have some interesting facts in it. And you know how much I love facts!
On Sept. 22, 2016, an intern in the Houston Astros organization showed general manager Jeff Luhnow a PowerPoint presentation that featured the latest creation by the team’s high-tech front office: an Excel-based application programmed with an algorithm that could decode the opposing catchers’ signs. It was called “Codebreaker.”
This was the beginning of what has turned into one of the biggest scandals in Major League Baseball history. Throughout the 2017 season and for part of 2018, Astros baseball operations employees and video room staffers used Codebreaker to illegally steal signs, which were then relayed to batters in real time. Another Astros employee referred to the system as the “dark arts.”
Wait, wait, but I thought that during the MLB's investigation of the Astros that everyone on Houston's side said that Alex Cora was the mastermind? Even in a statement released by now fired Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, this piece of shit said, "I did not personally direct, oversee or engage in any misconduct: The sign-stealing initiative was not planned or directed by baseball management." That was a lie, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Luhnow, accepting zero responsibility for his own involvement, also had no problem throwing Cora under the bus in the very same statement, saying, "and the video decoding of signs originated and was executed by lower-level employees working with the bench coach." LIE, LIE, LIE, LIE, LIE. Fucking pussy didn't even have the balls to say Cora's name.
Please tell me. I would love to know. How in the FUCK was Alex Cora the mastermind of a sign-stealing scheme that started in 2016 when he was at ESPN that ended in 2018 when he was busy kicking your fucking ass in the ALCS en route to a World Series title that year? Can I please get an explanation on that, Mr. Luhnow? You owe Alex Cora an apology, you rat fuck.
Now, is Cora completely innocent in all of this? No. By all accounts, he was involved in 2017 when the Astros won the World Series. It appears, now, that he was simply following orders, partaking in an already existing system that had been there prior to his hire that also existed after he became the manager of the Boston Red Sox. But this idea that Cora was the mastermind, that it was all his doing, that he held the players at gunpoint to follow through with the scheme is just one big, fat, fucking lie.
From front office members, right down to the players -- these scumbags threw Cora under the bus, claiming that it was all his idea, his doing and that it should all fall on him. Fuck all of you. You ratted out the one guy that wasn't there anymore, because all of you other motherfuckers were still getting a paycheck from the Astros and you protected your own. THAT'S what happened.
Free Alex Cora.