What would make incredibly well paid, highly respected and locally adored athletes cheat? What would make team ownership unable to pull off a thoughtful apology, undermining it just sentences later? How could you be so unprepared for the obvious question of whether the cheating produced the desired outcome?
With a new collective bargaining agreement on the horizon, Major League Baseball punished only the team and not the players who developed and executed the scheme over a period of years. Shocked, at least two Little League teams in California – and likely more to follow – find the absence of decency so disturbing that they have banned “Astros” from being among their team names. Justice and karma may be slow, but they have a way of finding their marks.