Tuesday's HOT MIC
High tech is introduced to old-school baseball trickery. The New York Times says that the Boston Red Sox have been busted for stealing signs using an Apple watch:
Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.
The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month.
The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown, according to the people familiar with the case.
Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees’ claims based on video the commissioner’s office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said. The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.
This is one of those baseball things that is absolutely taboo...if you get caught. Every team does it, or at least tries too. Sign stealing brings out a lot of emotions. Dodgers fans who weren't even alive in 1951 still complain that the Giants were stealing signs when Bobby Thompson hit "the shot heard 'round the world" to win the pennant. Earlier this season, Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood thought one of the San Diego Padres was trying to steal and relay signs from second base and threatened to "drill him."
In true baseball fashion, the Red Sox fired back with a counter accusation:
The Red Sox responded in kind on Tuesday, filing a complaint against the Yankees, claiming that the team uses a camera from its television network, YES, exclusively to steal signs during games.
"I know you are but what am I?"