Mike Fiers, the 34-year-old former Astros pitcher, blew the doors off Major League Baseball when he spoke out against his former club and blew the whistle on alleged cheating that had been doing, especially during their 2017 World Series run.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Astros have been accused of setting up a camera in the outfield that would allow Astros players and employees to watch the other team’s signs on a video monitor near their dugout and then from there, they would bang on a garbage can to signal what pitch was coming.
This October, the Astros returned to the World Series, but would lose to the Nationals in seven games. Fiers went public with his accusations in November.
Yahoo Sports sent out a piece that focused on whether players thought Fiers was right for blowing the whistle or would he be viewed as a snitch.
It turns out it depends on who you ask:
“Heroic,” said one current American League West player. “Takes big nuts to call bull— on people and stand there and take the heat that follows. I admire that.”
“Freakin’ punk-ass bitch,” said a former Astro.
“Mike Fiers?” said a current Astro. “Then give back your ring and your World Series share.”
“He did the right thing,” said a player whose team lost to the Astros in the 2017 postseason. “But I don’t think he’s a hero or a villain. I just hope he doesn’t get demonized.”
Since the initial blow-back from the allegations, nothing has really happened as the league continues its investigation into the multiple claims against the Astros organization.