He’s not entirely proud of the championship team he was a member of.
“Yeah, I felt great at the time,” Musgrove said Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. “But now, you know, you want to tell someone and say, ‘Oh, you won the world championship? In which team were you? “I was on the Astros.” And everybody’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve been on who – which Team?’ So I don’t feel satisfied.”
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Musgrove was a rookie relief bowler for the Astros in 2017. He made seven post-season appearances and took the win in Game 5 of the World Series, a tournament that later tainted when the Astros were found to use video to steal opposing Hunters signals and relay that information from Through various signals to alert speculators to the upcoming pitches.
“We’re busted,” Musgrove said. We got caught. We own it. The truth is out there. It’s not like we’re still hiding the truth like we haven’t cheated. We cheated and won. And I think everyone on this side feels the same. They have a good enough team (that year) to win it back in. And I’m sure they want one that feels okay, knowing they can be proud (with a ring) and can show people off.
“I want the same feeling. It’s hard to tell people that I’ve won a championship and to be considered part of this team. … It’s not like I’m not including myself in the group. I was part of this team. I feel as guilty as anyone in that side. But I I just want one that I feel is earned, and it will be won.”
His hatred for being part of a disgraced hero is part ironic as to what happened Sunday in New York When Musgrove was checked before the sixth inning by the stewards for the use of a foreign substance at the request of Mets manager Buck Showalter.
Crew Chief Alfonso Marquez checked his hand and glove by a referee after each of the first five rounds, then Crew Chief Alfonso Marquez checked his glove, hands and ears on the hill after the warm-up in the sixth inning. He was allowed to continue promoting.
“The antics and what happened during the game don’t bother me,” Musgrove said. “It’s a little chicken (expletive), I think. But the gaming skill and he’s doing everything he can for his team, I respect that in the sense that he does whatever it takes. I’m the same way. If you have to do something (mysterious), like Whatever it takes to win is within (the rules) of the game, I understand that.”
Much to Musgrove’s dismay is the impact of the accident.
He specifically mentioned MLB Network’s Brian Kenny. In the The opening clip of “MLB Now” On Monday, Kenny broke up Musgrove’s high turnover. Kenny’s main goal appeared to be to defend Showalter’s decision to check Musgrove, and Kenny indicated several times that he was not calling Musgrove a cheater. However, it would be hard to watch the clip and not infer Kenny’s tone and most of what he said indicated that Musgrove was cheating.
Kenny was earlier on a different MLB Network show, “High Heat,” and when asked by host Chris Russo if he thought Musgrove was cheating, he replied, “Yeah.”
“It’s totally out of the way and everything I did last night by saying what he said,” said Musgrove, who closed the Mets in one fell swoop over seven innings. “He does it on a platform where the entire baseball community watches, and now I feel the need to be impressed every time I go out there, I have to have something to prove that I’m not cheating. There will always be people who guess everything I do because of what he said, and he didn’t have No evidence. I mean, everything pointed to the fact that I didn’t cheat, and he finds a way to make sure I cheated.”
Kenny relied primarily on Musgrove’s high turnover and the fact that Musgrove’s ears looked shiny. One thing Kenny didn’t discuss, which another member of the show panel confirmed by Musgrove, director Bob Melvin and others, is the role that adrenaline likely plays in high turnover. The pace on each of the Musgrove grounds was also high.
Showalter has not publicly confirmed that Musgrove touched his ears. jumboy, A well-known social media site that regularly decompiles videos of MLB incidents and played a prominent role in deciphering the Astros’ signal-stealing efforts, allegedly saw every frame of Musgrove on camera and said the pitcher was never shown touching his ear.
Whatever was making his ears shiny, said Musgrove, who generally sweats profusely during his primes and receives pre-game massages containing lotion, “It could be anything. … I don’t hold (stuff) on my ear. And if I did, You will watch me and see me (touch my ear).”
What Kenny also failed to mention was that the percentage increase in turnover by Musgrove was consistent with other shooters in the post-season and that many bowlers in that game had significant turnover increases. In fact, David Peterson’s average loyalist across the board was higher than Musgrove’s.
“Everything points to the fact that it was a clean walk,” Musgrove said. “…not fair. I somewhat understand he’s on a show and they should have opinions etc. But saying it once is one thing. He went on a 12 minute segment and was (expletive) so persistent that it’s positive that I was cheating, and stuff The one he’s based on is stats. He just takes my numbers and looks at them. … I was matching what other people were doing and suddenly because something was on my ear, it’s like MLB has to take drastic action.”