Now – it’s time to hear from veteran starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw – especially after the mock apologies have been done on Houston’s end. Remember, the Astros don’t feel like they owe the Dodgers an apology of any sort. Therefore, here is Kershaw’s reaction from Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
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First off, it sounds like Kershaw is ready to leave this in the past. However, he feels like Astros’ owner Jim Crane stuck his foot in his mouth somewhat.
“I knew I was going to get asked, and to be honest I don’t know. I don’t know what to think anymore. Some of those guys seemed remorseful and said the right things, that’s great I’ll move on with that. Then you get the owner up there saying some dumb stuff, and it’s like what is going on? How can you be that ignorant to the situation?”
Next, Kershaw is asked how did what the Astros did affect the Dodgers when they squared off in the 2017 World Series. Notably, Kershaw says it’s just hard to really know.
“It probably had an effect on us [in the 2017 World Series]. Without knowing for sure, you have no idea. Without knowing exact specifics, how can I answer that question?”
Finally, Kershaw sounds like he is at peace moving forward.
“It would be awesome to know every pitch they had info on and what happened, but that isn’t going to happen. So it’s okay, I will move on, I have made peace with it. The other thing is that in this clubhouse, we are all going to handle it differently. I think it’s awesome that everyone will answer these questions differently.”
It’s definitely a sad situation, especially considering that Bellinger and Kershaw may have a World Series ring to their credentials if the Astros just play the game like every other team that gains a World Series berth. However, history had it’s own plans. The reactions should continue to come forth, and hopefully most guys handle it as well as Kershaw seems to be.