When the news broke that the Boston Red Sox had stolen signs from the New York Yankees during their series a couple of weeks ago, I was mildly shocked. I say mildly because stealing signs is almost an integral part of baseball and it’s the Red Sox and Yankees the most storied rivalries in sports. But as I dove into the articles, the whole thing began to become more hilarious than shocking and I couldn’t really take it serious.
But let’s start from the beginning and unravel this whole hilarious mess shall we?
This whole thing started almost two weeks ago when Yankees’ General Manager Brian Cashman filed a complaint with the MLB Commissioner’s office. This is where the first little bit of hilarity comes out because Cashman writes in the complaint that he became aware of the stolen signals because the Yankees has a camera in the Red Sox dugout. So basically the evidence came from spying on the dugout, which automatically makes me scratch my head and wonder how on earth this has escalated into a media fire storm of sorts.
So if stealing signs is a thing in baseball that happens all the time, why are the Red Sox in hot water? Well it seems that per the allegations that a Red Sox trainer in the dug out was getting the signals via his Apple Watch from the replay video guys and then sharing the information to the players in the dugout. I’m surprised that this trainer not only had an apple watch but used it for nefarious activities. Don’t get me wrong, I know that Apple Watches a big deal and almost everyone either has one or wants one, but do you really ever see people wearing them all the time? It seems as if most people just want one to say they have an Apple Watch let alone use it to steal signals. Plus it seems as if the Red Sox are in a little bit of hot water because they used technology to steal the signals. Had they just done it the old fashioned way (i.e. watching the catcher or studying video of the catcher’s signals) this really wouldn’t be a problem.
And finally once the Red Sox had been caught and admitted to using this system for the last several weeks, they filed a compliant against the Yankees claiming that they were using cameras for their YES network to steal signals, a claim which the Yankees have denied. But really we all know the Yankees are using the cameras to steal signals because it wouldn’t be that hard to cover up. The cameras are there to broadcast the game and therefore would see the signals the catcher would be using and it wouldn’t be that hard for someone watching the feed to rely that information onto someone in the dugout. Plus it wouldn’t technically be against the rules since the MLB says that you cannot use any means over than your eyes to share information about the signs. So if you’re watching with your eyes that counts right?
It’s unclear as to what is going to happen to the Red Sox but it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on other teams who no doubt are getting creative in order to stay a step ahead of their competitors as we head into the latter part of the season and post season baseball.