Th Houston Astros held their 2020 FanFest on Saturday at Minute Made Park, which gave reporters a chance to hear from the players themselves on the team's sign-stealing scandal.
The Astros recently fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after both were issued one-year suspensions by MLB following the league's investigation into the team's sign stealing.
Jose Altuve, one of the players at the center of the scandal, said that the Astros will be able to put all of this behind them, and that they'll be in the World Series again this season.
"Believe me, at the end of the year everything will be fine. We're gonna be in the World Series again," Altuve told reporters in Houston. "People don't believe it. We will. We made it last year. We were one game away from winning it all. I'm happy for the Nationals. They won everything, they're a really good team. They deserve it, but we will be in the World Series again, maybe with them, maybe with another team.
"It's a tough situation. As a team we have to stay together and go through this as a team like we've been doing always."
On Thursday, social media was buzzing about Altuve allegedly wearing a device on his shoulder that would buzz to alert him which pitches were coming.
Altuve, a six-time All-Star selection as well as the 2017 AL MVP and 2019 ALCS MVP, immediately released a statement through his agent Scott Boras, saying "When this came up today, Jose Altuve immediately contacted me and this is his statement: 'I have never worn an electronic device in my performance as a major league player.'"
Altuve was asked again on Saturday about using a device to tip pitches.
"That's ridiculous. MLB did their investigation. They didn't find anything," Altuve said. "We all know that some people made that up."
"You don't want anyone to call you (a cheater). But like I've said, I have two options. One you just cry or go out and play the game and perform and help my team and you know which one I'm gonna do."
Meanwhile, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was also asked a number of different questions about the scandal, and while he did say that the allegations of buzzing devices was "stupid," he repeatedly used the same statement time and time again to answer any questions.
"The Commissioner came out with a report, MLB did their report and the Astros did what they did," said Bregman repeatedly. "They made their decision on what they're going to do."