Somewhere, CC Sabathia just put his foot through a TV.
Astros owner Jim Crane, along with new manager Dusty Baker and players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, addressed the sign-stealing scandal for the first time at their spring training facility in Florida on Thursday morning.
And Yankees fans -- even the players themselves -- won't like what he said.
After everyone gave statements of remorse and hopeful forgiveness, Crane was asked what he has to say to the Yankees -- the team his Astros defeated in the 2017 ALCS on their way to a World Series title. Multiple Yankees have commented on the situation, saying they feel like they were cheated out of a potential World Series for themselves.
What does Crane think?
"The Yankees have had a few comments out there," Crane said. "Our opinion is that this didn't impact the game. We had a good team, we won the World Series and we'll leave it at that."
So...Crane is saying that his team, which was found guilty by the commissioner's office of cheating during the 2017 season and has fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow (with Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Mets manager Carlos Beltran also losing their jobs in the wake of the scandal), won fair and square in that series and all the others on the way to a world championship.
Crane received a follow-up question to make sure everyone was hearing that correctly. His answer:
"I didn't say it didn't impact the game," he replied. "Basically, as the commissioner said in his report, he's not going to go backwards. It's hard to determine how it impacted the game, if it impacted the game, and that's where we're going to leave it."
It's one thing to say it didn't impact the game, but trying to retract that statement two questions later? Horrible look.
Crane also touched on the rumor that his team was using electronic buzzers, which was something Yankees manager Aaron Boone discussed on Wednesday when he said "no" when asked if he was confident they didn't use them.
Also, just before this Astros presser, Aroldis Chapman said Altuve making sure his teammates didn't rip off his jersey after hitting the walk-off homer in Game 6 of the ALCS off was "suspicious."
But Crane is confident his team didn't use them at all.
"I've discussed it with the players and they've assured me that nothing like that ever happened," Crane said. "There's no substance to that whatsoever. I truly believe there were no buzzers ever and I don't even know where that came from."