Evan Gattis was a DH and backup catcher for the 2017 Houston Astros. Recently he raised eyebrows - and made people question his ethical priorities - when he tweeted out a photo of sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers with the words "snitches get stitches" underneath it.
It would seem, however, that that tweet did not reflect his true feelings about the Astros' conduct or, for that matter, about Fiers blowing the whistle. That comes through loud and clear during his appearance on The Athletic's Atlanta Braves-themed "755 Is Real" podcast, this week, in which he talked about the sign-stealing scandal.
Gattis on the sign-stealing:
He had specific words about Fiers blowing the whistle too:
"With Fiers, he had something to say, dude. It probably started out with him saying exactly what he said - some of these guys coming into the league, they don't fu**ing know yet that this s**t goes on. And I respect that. And he had something to say. So he had to fu**ing say it. And then we had to get punished. Because if not, then what? It'll get even more out of control."
It's safe to say that Gattis, who recently announced that his playing days are over, has now made the most straightforward statement of any 2017 Astro on the matter to date.
Evan Gattis on the 2017 Astros: "We obviously cheated baseball" originally appeared on NBCSports.com