Red Sox fans are accusing the Astros of cheating, so it’s only natural that Houston fans return to the favor.
Except, their subterfuge allegations against the Red Sox have already been debunked.
Wednesday’s game underwent a brief delay during the sixth inning when umpires noticed a reflective light beaming in from center field. But actually, Alex Cora is the one who brought the issue to light (pun intended).
As it turns out, there was a piece of reflective tape on the center field wall. Fenway officials promptly removed it.
“There was something in the wall in center field. It looked like a light or whatever,” Cora told reporters, per the Houston Chronicle. “Somebody noticed it in the dugout. It wasn't a big deal, but just to let them know that that was there. I don't know if the hitter was able to see it, whatever. We just let them know.”
Dusty Baker confirmed Cora’s account. “I know that Alex Cora had said something about the light out in center, and then he came over to me and said it really wasn't a light,” Baker said.
The Astros won Game 5 by a score of 9-1. Houston was already leading when the tape was taken off.
But the facts haven’t stopped the Twitter sleuths. They claim they definitely saw a light on FS1’s broadcast.
A reporter for Boston 25 fessed up and said the light in question came from his network’s camera while they were filming a story from the Bleacher Bar.
Since the Red Sox were accused of stealing signs in 2018 — just like the Astros in 2017 — they’ll probably always face cheating allegations as long as Alex Cora is their manager.
We don’t know what that’s like around these parts, right?
But in this case, the accusations are meritless. Better luck next time.
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