Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE): “I’d like to talk about the Astros, who are miserable cheaters… Sorry to the Texas Senators who sit on this committee, but all of the baseball fans know that the Houston Astros cheat. They steal signs, they bang on cans, and have done a whole bunch of miserable things historically, and deserved to be punished probably more than they have been… You can imagine that the Astros, who have cheated in lots of ways in the past with sign-stealing might try to go to the umpire and persuade somebody to expand the strike zone just for Houston. That would obviously be inappropriate, right? We can’t have two sets of rules. I think an umpire is obviously supposed to apply rules fairly to both teams and I think we can all agree on that as rules of fair play. I think some of what we’ve seen in the questions over the last three days are trying to get an umpire to commit to a different set of rules for different teams.” (Full Segment Above)
US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) made headlines on Wednesday for dropping an incredibly unexpected metaphor during the Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS hearings, while equating the infamous 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal to actions made from Democrats during the Senate Judiciary Hearing.
Senator Sasse compared the Astros being down 3-0 in their series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, and on the verge of elimination, to Democratic senators not having enough votes to block the confirmation, and in a last ditch effort to save themselves would instead use the same type of cheap and ‘desperate’ tactics a team like the Astros would attempt .
This past offseason Major League Baseball concluded that the Astros were involved in reckless on-field mischief during the 2017 season with an illicit sign-stealing operation that had video replay tenants deciphering signs via a monitor near the Astros dugout, and then relaying the signs to the hitters at the plate in real life using artificial noise makers.
The Astros would win the franchises’ first World Series that season.
Astros manager AJ Hinch, and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year, but controversially no player was disciplined, as players were offered full immunity in exchange for their complete testimony.