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Friday, April 10, 2020

MLB.com: How Wilmer’s Tears Changed Baseball History

Many of us watched what went down at Citi Field the night of July 29, 2015, when Flores, then the Mets’ 23-year-old homegrown utility infielder, found out he had been traded and tried to hold back tears he couldn’t control. It was a rare, relatable glimpse into the human element of the Trade Deadline, a riveting presentation of baseball theater.

That moment, though, is even more important and engrossing with the benefit of retrospect. Whether Flores’ tears directly led to his swap getting spiked remains a matter of dispute. But that terminated trade has had bigger repercussions than the vast majority of deals that actually happened. Its ripple effects include the Mets winning the 2015 National League pennant with Yoenis Céspedes, the Brewers landing an uber-reliever named Josh Hader and Mike Fiers joining the Astros team whose sign-stealing scheme he would one day expose.

Great account assembled from talking to many people involved with these events.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Houston Astros 2017 World Series Champ Evan Gattis Takes Shot at Mike Fiers With Twitter Photo

Mike Fiers knew he’d face criticism from his former Houston Astros teammates, but he just couldn’t continue living a lie. This winter, Fiers revealed to The Athletic that the Astros illegally stole signs via cameras and trash cans during the 2017 season. As everyone knows, that was the very year Houston won the World Series. The end result saw the MLB find the Astros guilty of these claims, and those very players go on the defensive against Fiers.

Take Evan Gattis for example. The retired MLB catcher was on the 2017 Astros team that netted him his first ever World Series ring, albeit tainted.

On Friday, Gattis posted a photo of a Fiers-inspired Pilsner glass he purchased from Houston sports bar, The Flying Saucer. That glass had Fiers’ likeness on it with the quote “Snitches Get Stitches” underneath.

Charming fellow, isn’t he?

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: code of silence, dirty rotten cheaters, evan gattis, mike fiers

Friday, February 21, 2020

David Ortiz: Mike Fiers looks like a ‘snitch’ for exposing Astros scandal

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Red Sox legend David Ortiz expressed his displeasure with Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, the whistleblower in the sign-stealing scandal that has engulfed baseball for the past few months, saying that the former Astros hurler should have said something in the moment about the infamous trash-can banging scheme instead of waiting until he was on another team.

“I’m mad at this guy, the pitcher who came out talking about it,” Ortiz said at JetBlue Park on Thursday. “And let me tell you why. Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it. Why don’t you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn’t you say, ‘I don’t want to be no part of it? So you look like you’re a snitch. Why you gotta talk about it after? That’s my problem. Why nobody said anything while it was going on?”

Ortiz said he did not understand how nobody in the Astros clubhouse spoke out earlier about the cheating schemes being developed in Houston.

“The Houston Astros, I know they put themselves in a situation and I just still don’t know how come nobody was like, ‘That is wrong.’ I just don’t know how no one say something about it,” Ortiz said. “During, not after. I was in the clubhouse for a long time and never anything like that comes up. Now, they’re going to have to deal with that for a long time because it’s not only a situation that involves players. You’re talking about the whole franchise.”

There are things to say about this- but I’ll lead it to some of the rest of you to articulate them…...

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:44 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, mike fiers, snitches get stitches

Astros whistleblower Mike Fiers says he’s received death threats but won’t give back his World Serie

In the ever-turning Houston Astros cheating saga, attention has now shifted back to Mike Fiers, the former Astros pitcher who blew the whistle on the entire cheating scheme.

Without Fiers speaking up about what he saw the Astros do in 2017, there’s a good chance the Astros never would have been disciplined by MLB and none of the daily drama we now find ourselves immersed in would be happening. With that, comes consequences and controversy.

In Fiers’ case, he’s told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser that he’s received death threats since becoming one of the central figures in what’s become one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.

As always, my apologies- the source article is behind a pay wall for me.

Feels telling about elements of sports culture in 2020, doesn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2020 at 12:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dirty rotten cheaters, mike fiers

 

 

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