Dallas Keuchel spoke with reporters at SoxFest on Friday and apologized for playing a part in the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
The southpaw’s appearance at SoxFest obviously gave White Sox fans a lot to be excited about, but the cloud of the Houston Astros’ scandal is one that has hung over every person on the 2017 roster since MLB’s investigation concluded.
However, Keuchel deviated from some of his peers in that he apologized for the actions of the Astros that season.
“First and foremost, I think apologies should be in order, if not for everybody on the team…I am personally am sorry for what’s come about.”
Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman did not deliver an apology when speaking to reporters about MLB’s report despite watching three managers (AJ Hinch, Alex Cora, and Carlos Beltran) and one GM (Jeff Luhnow) get fired as a result of their involvement in the scandal.
The southpaw was smart to make sure he wasn’t part of that group, especially as he tries to move on from the past with the South Side.
But, Keuchel’s comments were not all perfect, especially the ones relating to his teammate at the time, Mike Fiers, who admitted the team cheated that season.
“That’s a tough subject because it’s such a tight-knit community in the clubhouse,” Keuchel added. “It sucks to the extent that a clubhouse rule was broken.”
Unfortunately, that is not even the worst quote as he decided to mention that “it’s not like [they] were doing it every game,” which probably didn’t sit well with many.
Personally, I felt as if those last two comments were unnecessary additions to the conversation with the press and really should not have been said. Just because they didn’t do it every single game doesn’t make it come across any better.
With that being said, I think Keuchel’s willingness to deviate from his peers and apologize, even if not as grand of a gesture as some would have hoped, was a big step in the right direction and something all of his teammates from that season should attempt to do properly.
Keuchel’s apology wasn’t perfect, but he is starting a new chapter of his career with the White Sox and he did the right thing trying to put his time with Houston behind him.