Nathan Eovaldi on Astros' scandal: 'It definitely does bother you'

Rob Bradford
February 12, 2020 - 2:39 pm

Nathan Eovaldi isn't unlike most pitchers. He's not happy with how things were done in Houston in previous years.

Appearing on the Greg Hill Show, the Red Sox pitcher offered a pointed response to the question of if the Astros' sign-stealing scheme -- which has now been documented to have been executed at least in the 2016 and 2017 seasons -- left a bad taste in his mouth.

"It definitely does bother you. When they are on base you know they are trying to steal your signs. That’s why you use multiple signs with runners on second base. But when they are down there in the dugout and they are able to give you the signs from the very first pitch on, it’s definitely a little bothering."

And it wasn't just how the Houston scheme might have impacted pitching against the Astros that bothered Eovaldi. He also noted that the whole saga is perceived as the primary reason he no longer has Alex Cora as his manager.

"Everything," said Eovaldi when asked what made Cora such a good fit with the Red Sox. "We almost feel like it was taken away from us because of the things over there with the Astros."