When the baseball world should have been focussed on the upcoming Fall Classic, former Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was dealing with past skeletons from his closet.
The Houston Astros turned a blind eye to the serious domestic assault allegations levied against Roberto Osuna when they acquired the troubled closer from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30th, 2018. The criminal charges would eventually be dealt away when the victim returned to Mexico while Osuna would serve a 75 game suspension handed out by the MLB.
The 24-year old was afforded an opportunity to run from his legal troubles earning a fresh start in another country where all seemed to be muchly forgotten. That is until an Astros staffer decided to use some unsavory distasteful comments during the Astros postgame celebrations in front of some female writers.
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Osuna had just surrendered a game-tying homer to DJ LeMaihieu in the 9th inning prolonging Game Six and setting the stage for the Jose Altuve heroics.
During the postgame celebrations, Brandon Taubman would then repeatedly utter the below quote numerous times in front of a group of female reporters. And with that, all of Osuna’s skeletons in his Canadian closet have once again been unearthed.
“Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!”
To make matters worse, Taubman would attempt to issue an apology without taking ownership for actions as the Astros once again attempt to make light of a serious situation. Taubman would blame his overexuberance and misinterpretation while attempting to convey that he is a progressive and charitable member of the community.
It will be interesting to see if the Astros attempt to do any further damage control now that the MLB is investigating the incident. Another developing storyline to keep an eye on is how Osuna handles the spotlight on the biggest stage of his life having battled anxiety issues in the past.
It’s unfortunate the World Series may be overshadowed by this incident rearing it’s ugly head once again but the Astros knew what they were getting into when they acquired Osuna.