Here we are folks, the pinnacle of hypocrisy.
The Houston Astros have been accused of electronically stealing signs back during their World Series-winning season in 2017, with some fairly convincing evidence suggesting the allegations are true.
So, what do the players have to say about this? Apparently nothing, because there have been crickets ever since the bombshell report dropped on Tuesday. Where's the outspoken Justin Verlander? He seemingly has some brash response for these kinds of things at every turn.
Funny he's silent now, though, because he actually accused the Cleveland Indians of stealing signs from the Detroit Tigers back in 2017.
Verlander surrendered nine earned runs on 11 hits and a walk in his third start of the 2017 season and immediately accused the Indians of stealing signs. Maybe they were, maybe they weren't, but when you're 21-24 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 53 starts against the team you're calling out, we can maybe just determine you're not that great against said opponent.
And what do ya know! Fortunately for Verlander, he escaped the black hole that is Detroit and got traded to the Astros that August -- the same year the Astros were allegedly conducting this shady business.
But, I guess when you're stealing signs and it's resulting in a championship, there isn't much to say. During a regular-season April start, though? That's a much different story.