David Ortiz doesn’t think anyone should hold a grudge against the Houston Astros for stealing signs.
Baseball, a sport that hails itself as America’s National Pasttime, has truly struggled to be interesting in the last decade. This offseason changed that, but less in a way we’d like to see — like Mike Trout finally being embraced as the global superstar he should be — and in a more scandalous way.
When it was revealed that the Houston Astros were stealing signs back in 2017, in essence helping them win the franchise’s first World Series title, the baseball world was rocked. Relevance was restored but not the kind MLB would like.
David Ortiz knows the impact of the sign stealing scandal but wants the world to let it be.
“You’ve got to move on,” Ortiz said to FanSided’s Mark Carman. “[The sign stealing] is a mistake a group of people made, we punished them and it’s time to move on.”
The scandal has been related to the steroid scandal of the late 90s and early 2000s. But much like how steroids didn’t guarantee a player would become a home run machine, Ortiz says knowing what pitch is coming and being able to hit that pitch are two very different things.
“There were some guys that were tipping [pitches] and would still get you out…even though you know what’s coming doesn’t mean you’ll be successful.”
As much as Big Papi wants us all to live, learn, and move on from the sign stealing scandal, he wants it known that what the Astros did is wrong.
“Without a doubt, no question it was wrong.”
David Ortiz is starring in Hyundai’s star-studded, Boston-themed Super Bowl commercial this year. The 60-second ad premiered on Monday and will run during the first quarter on Sunday. It features a cast of well-known Boston celebrities including Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and the Red Sox legend himself.
David Ortiz spoke on behalf of Hyundai.