Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman spoke to the media on Monday for the first time since the news about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal broke and - as many MLB players have done since Spring Training kicked off last week - went on a long rant about how the Astros violated the integrity of the sport.
But at the end of his statement, the longtime National made a joke about the situation that all Nationals fans can appreciate.
"They needed better video to beat us," Zimmerman said, grinning. "I'll end it with that."
The Nationals, of course, edged the Houston Astros in seven games to win the 2019 World Series, including winning all four games at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Zimmerman joined a long line of Nationals players who spoke out about the Astros.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki stated last week he believed Houston was cheating during the 2019 World Series, citing whistling from their dugout (MLB's investigation stated they found no evidence of the Astros cheating in 2019). Sean Doolittle spoke about the pitchers who lost their jobs as a result of getting hit around by Houston. Max Scherzer called on the MLB to work with the union to make sure something like this never happens again.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo spoke about the matter as well, stating “somebody’s gotta say the words over there, cheated."
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