The Houston Astros are in the World Series and I’m sick about it.
I had zero plans on actually watching the Finals because I have no real ties to the Nationals and I find the Astros to be an incredibly boring squad.
But now it’s impossible not to root for a massive meltdown after the assistant GM, Brandon Taubman, decided to mock female reporters by shouting at them about Roberto Osuna.
Sports Illustrated reporter, Stephanie Apstein, wrote about the odd exchange that was unnecessary as hell:
More than an hour after José Altuve won the Astros the pennant, the party in the Houston clubhouse still raged. Rightfielder Josh Reddick was crushing vodka Red Bulls. Starter Gerrit Cole smoked a cigar. Shortstop Carlos Correa gazed lovingly at the American League championship trophy.
And in the center of the room, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”
The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another Houston staffer apologized. The Astros declined to comment. They also declined to make Taubman available for an interview.
What the fuck?
You just made the World Series on a huge Jose Altuve walk off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning over the Bronx Bombers and you celebrate by…shouting at the three female reporters in the room about how happy you are about acquiring Roberto Osuna?
And what makes it even more of a ‘what the fuck?’ moment is that Robert Osuna literally blew the save like, 20 minutes before Altuve saved his bum ass. Osuna lost the strike zone and threw a beach ball that DJ LeMahieu sent into outer space. Why would you be cheering for HIM of all people on that night?
The Astros traded for Robert Osuna last season from Toronto two months after he was charged with assaulting the mother of his child. And let’s make it very clear that Osuna would not have even been available had he not, ya know, beat a woman up.
It was a nasty move by Houston and they had a BS press release defending their decision to trade for a guy who was in the midst of a 75-game suspension for again, hitting a woman.
If you’re an Astros fan or a big dumb dummy, you can say that the charges were dropped which means Osuna is innocent and did nothing wrong but that’s a fundamental lack of understanding of how the criminal justice system works and the amount of extraordinary pressure it puts on a woman to send her husband/boyfriend to prison.
The woman Osuna assaulted chose not to testify. That in no way means that he didn’t put his hands on her. But he served his MLB suspension and blah blah. This isn’t about Osuna being trash.
This is about Brandon Taubman showing why guys like Roberto Osuna will always have a place in sports and especially in the Astros organization.
The Astros went out of their way to acquire a guy who was in trouble for physically intimidating a woman and then got mad when women criticized their shitty decision to trade for a guy who hits them and then proceeded to shout and intimidate female reporters thus completing the full cycle of sweet sweet delicious toxic masculinity.
Gotta love Brandon Taubman acting as if HE was the victim who had to overcome the oppression of having to face scrutiny for signing a dirtbag. These annoying women should stop bothering him already.
Clearly, Taubman is the negatively affected party in this whole situation. Not the woman that was struck or the women who write about sports who have to be reminded yet again that there are no consequences when talented athletes batter women.
Reminder: Roberto Osuna blew the save. He was the worst player in that Game 6. He was atrocious on the mound and almost singlehandedly swung the series in the Yankees favor.
And the Houston Astros assistant GM shouted him out in the face of female reporters totally unprovoked.
And just like that, I’m a proud Washington Nationals fan. Always and forever.
Fuck (and I cannot stress this enough) the Houston Astros.