Boomer And Gio: It's Time To Give Up Hope Of Further Astros Punishment

Commissioner Is Done Disciplining Team, They Say

Boomer and Gio
February 19, 2020 - 9:10 am
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The outrage from baseball fans and players about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal is still going strong. But WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said Wednesday that everyone needs to accept that there won't be any further punishment.

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"There's two guys that I agree with. Two," Giannotti said on the "Boomer and Gio" show. "Aaron Boone, who said at some point we've got to move on. And Brett Gardner, who is sick of talking about it. And I understand when guys like Aaron Judge speak on it, like he did yesterday, that, that's going to garner headlines. When LeBron James sends out a couple of tweets talking about it, that's going to garner headlines. But at this point, what else do you want to happen? Rob Manfred's not going to go back and suspend the players, we know that. They have immunity, and he doesn't want to deal with the Players Association."

On Tuesday, Judge said he thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 championship

"It doesn't hold any value," Judge said. "You cheated and you didn't earn it."

Esiason said Judge "has every right to be ticked off" because not only did the '17 Astros eliminate the Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series, but Houston's Jose Altuve beat out Judge for AL MVP that year.

"He needed to have his moment, and he had his moment yesterday," Boomer said of Judge. "And that was good for him. He got it off his chest and everything else."

Later in the day, James tweeted: "Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports!"

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presents Astros owner Jim Crane with the Commissioner's Trophy after the Astros defeated the Dodgers in Game 7 to win the World Series on Nov. 1, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
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Said Esiason: "I understand all the anger out there, but the commissioner did it the best way that he thought he could in order to get this thing over with and done with, and that was give immunity to players.

"This is where it ends," Boomer continued. They're not doing anything else. No matter who's barking, no matter who's screaming and yelling, no matter how loud the fans may get, they're not taking away the World Series trophy. If they took away the World Series trophy, they would be opening Pandora's box, as they say. They would have to go back and then they'd have to evaluate where were the steroid players, was there any other cheating going on anywhere else, were there any other complaints about teams throughout the years?

"Three managers have lost their jobs, and the general manager lost his job. If that's not enough of a deterrent, then I don't know what is."

To listen to the open from Wednesday's show, click on the audio player above.

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