Major League Baseball came down hard on the Houston Astros Monday for their parts in a sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season.
General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were suspended for one year and then promptly fired by owner Jim Crane a few hours later. Not only that, the franchise’s first- and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 were taken away, and the organization was fined $5 million.
Their sign stealing tactics involved watching the center field TV feed in the dugout tunnel, trying to decode the opposing catcher’s signals, and then relaying the message by banging on a trash can.
None of the players involved with the sign-stealing were penalized by MLB, and while none of them have spoken out about what has happened as of yet, one reporter decided to get a first hand account from an object implicated in the scheme.
Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia decided to speak with the trash can behind everything to get its take.
Anchors Mike Jerrick and Karen Hepp brought the receptacle, nicknamed “T.C.,” into their studio.
“I’m just sitting there and I was beat over and over and over,” said T.C. “Nobody cares about my feelings. It took me two years to get all the dents out. It’s the worst job in sports. Have you seen a baseball dugout? They never use me. There’s stuff all over the floor.”
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