The Houston Astros have apologized for a sign-stealing scandal that cost their 2017 World Series-winning manager and general manager their jobs on Thursday with owner Jim Crane saying it will never happen again.
Well, they only sort of apologized.
One of those players, Alex Bregman gave a very brief apology during the half-hour press conference.
"I am really sorry about the choices that were made by my team, by the organization and by me. I’ve learned from this and I hope to regain the trust of baseball fans," he said. "I would also like to thank the Astros fans for all of their support. We as a team are totally focused on moving forward to the 2020 season.”
Crane added he did not believe the Astros cheating had any impact on the outcome of games. “Our opinion is this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series and we’ll leave it at that,” he said.
"One day of having to answer questions is not going to make this go away," he said. "This is going to be something that they're going to have to work really hard at to show baseball, to show other players, to show fans that they are remorseful and they do want to move on from this.
"We broke the rules," he demurred. "And you can phrase that any way you want."