Wednesday’s Mashup: LeBron James calls out Rob Manfred over Astros scandal

Lucy Burdge
February 19, 2020 - 8:19 am
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NHL: Boston at Edmonton, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)

AROUND THE WEB: 

-- LeBron James weighed in on the Astros cheating scandal on Tuesday in tweets calling out MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for his handling of the situation. 

"Listen I know I don't play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be f---ing irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!" James tweeted. "Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your players speaking today about how disgusted, mad, hurt, broken, etc etc about this. "Literally the ball is in your court(or should I say field) and you need to fix this for the sake of Sports! #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay”

Many responded to the tweet by telling James to stick to basketball. 

And Kendrick Perkins responded to the tweets. 

-- Rob Manfred did apologize on Tuesday but it was not to LeBron for his handling of the Astros scandal. 

Manfred expressed his regret for calling the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” during an interview with ESPN.

"I want to apologize for that," Manfred told the media at his news conference. "There's no excuse for it. I made a mistake. I was trying to make a point, but I should've made it in a more effective way, and again, I want to apologize for it. I will say this: I've awarded five World Series trophies. There is no greater pleasure in this job than awarding that trophy. I understand what it means, and again, it was a mistake to say what I said."

While speaking about the possibility of stripping the Astros of their World Series title, Manfred said, "The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act.”

Jon Lester ripped Manfred for his wording about the trophy, which is called the Commissioner’s Trophy.

"That's someone that has never played our game," Lester said on Tuesday. "You play for a reason. You play for that piece of metal. I'm very proud of the three that I have. If that's the way he feels, then he needs to take his name off his trophy … I'm sure that hurt a lot of guys when they saw that, especially guys that haven't won it, that have been striving for years to try and get to it.”

Two of Lester’s World Series trophies were won with the Red Sox, in 2007 and 2013. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "No. I didn’t think so. I thought there was no chance. As more players were acquired you put two and two together." -- Andrew Benintendi, on if he thought there was a possibility Brock Holt would return to the Red Sox
 

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