Everyone knows the Yankees have a direct connection to the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing controversy.
Fast forward to the 2020 MLB owners meetings on Wednesday and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner hasn't forgotten about the Astros defeating the Yankees in that season's ALCS either, like many fans of the team.
Despite Steinbrenner acknowledging frustrations, he's looking at what's ahead, not what could of been.
"Let me just say, when the report came out, I was as upset as anyone. Certainly there were direct implications to my organization, our team, our 2017 team. But at some point I think we all, for the sake of the game and the good of the game, need to move on," Steinbrenner told reporters, according to Newsday. "I am moving forward, looking forward, up the hill that's the 2020 season. That's my focus right now."
Steinbrenner did admit, though, that at one point, he did play those "what if" games in his mind.
"I think enough people have brought that to my attention and I'm a reasonably smart guy... I mean, I've certainly thought that, yeah," he said.
Steinbrenner still has plenty to celebrate this offseason -- the Yankees signed one of the top free agents in Gerrit Cole, adding one of the best aces to a roster that's been on the verge of its first title since 2009 over the past few seasons despite dealing with injuries.
"It's nice to feel confident when you're going into the season, and I do," he added. "I believe we had a championship-caliber team last year and the year before, I think we absolutely did. We're even better this year if we can stay healthy."