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I imagine there’s a strong level of frustration when you put all of your effort into being the best athlete you can, only for others to take some shortcuts. Hell, I’m not ashamed to admit I hold grudges against some people just because they were born with athletic traits I could never develop. So I can only imagine what it’s like when someone cheats to get there.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria certainly seems to feel that way. After MLB disciplined the Houston Astros for their electronic sign-stealing in the 2017 World Series - but didn’t strip them of their title - Longoria took to Twitter to air his grievances.
What happened to the term “cheaters never prosper”?— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) January 16, 2020
While I don’t think the Astros should have their title taken from them, it’s pretty easy to sympathize with the frustration.
Longoria also retweeted a few tweets that provided evidence of the electronic devices that Astros players were accused of wearing under their jerseys to help tip pitches. This was one of multiple retweets from Longoria:
On top of the adrenaline pumping and telling ur teammates not to rip your jersey off, your the first one to go into the clubhouse while everyone else celebrates on the field and puts the shirt on over the jersey? Jose Altuve clearly has wires under his jersey. pic.twitter.com/Gb1JNJqc3A— James (@JamesZeht) January 16, 2020
The whole ordeal is certainly a stain for MLB and the Astros organization. And it clearly is a bummer for players who haven’t been resorting to such means.