Source - "I think I'll be irritated forever."
L.A. Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly just RIPPED the Houston Astros … calling the players "snitches" and "little bitches" over their cheating scandal in a scathing rant.
The reliever sounded off on his teammate, Ross Stripling's "Big Swing Podcast" … making the comments shortly after he was suspended 8 games for his role in a near Astros-Dodgers brawl last month.
Kelly explained to Stripling how he thought his ban was BS … and then went absolutely IN on the Astros for the way he believes they passed off blame in their 2017 cheating scandal.
Kelly says the players wrongly let bench coach Alex Cora and GM Jeff Luhnow -- who were both fired after MLB's investigation -- take the fall for the sign-stealing scheme … saying, "all they do is go snitch like a little bitch, and they don't have to get fined, they don't have to lose games."
Kelly added, "When you take someone's livelihood … to save your own ass, that's what I don't like. Cheating? They cheated. Everyone knows they're cheaters."
"They know they're cheaters. It's over. That's been there, done that. But now, they mess it up by ruining other people's lives, so they f*cked it up twice."
Praise be to you, Joe Kelly. You and your complete lack of a filter. Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
Kelly might be the only person involved with baseball who seems to get what the sport needs more than anything right now, and that's a villain. And I'm not referring to him. I'm talking entirely about the Astros. MLB has spent the last couple of decades with such a case of the vapors over the integrity of their sacred game and desperately trying to maintain the illusion that it's as pure as Caesar's wife, that they forgot how good having someone to hate is for any sport. How much fun it is to have a heel to root against.
And I say this as someone who spends most of my time following the team that has spent more time on the pointy end of the cheating allegations pitchfork than all other teams combined. Do you think the Patriots going from America's Darling to History's Greatest Monsters overnight and staying that way has been bad for football? The TV ratings of their games would say otherwise. And if you need other examples, ask Vince McMahon about how picking the right heels has helped him build a sports entertainment empire, if he'll even answer you from his diamond throne atop his mountain of gold.
Say what you will about Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez (and I say they belong in Cooperstown, but that's a discussion for another time), but they inflamed passion. They put asses in the seats and eyeballs on the screen. Show me somebody who said they turned off games where Clemens faced ARod over PED allegations and I'll show you a liar. But what has MLB been doing since those allegations? Covered them up and done everything they can to change the subject, instead of encouraging America to embrace their hate.
Same with the Cardinals who were caught hacking into other teams' proprietary information by the FB fucking I, because it's a federal crime. All we heard after that was spin about how this didn't help the Cardinals on the field and what a great baseball town St. Louis is and they'd never do anything wrong and LouBrockStanMusialBobGibsonJackBuck nothing to see here, citizens.
Now they've been handed this golden opportunity to hold up the disgraced Astros as an object of everyone's hatred. Like a collective Christian being fed to the lion of public opinion. Which, if nothing else, would have made people care about baseball as it delivers us 4:30 games on a Monday night that your grandfather can fall asleep in front of but not enough people bother paying attention to. Not that nobody cares, but not nearly enough people do. And MLB is squandering the chance.
But at least Joe Kelly understands. He does not forgive. He did not stutter. He is hatred is real. So is his passion. And for that, they'll probably double his suspension instead of treating him like the hero his is.