Says The Athletic’s Jayson Stark
He has been an eloquent spokesman for social justice. But on Monday, it was Andrew McCutchen’s turn to speak out about what he sees as a breach of baseball justice.
“We did everything right,” the Phillies outfielder said on the latest edition of The Athletic’s Starkville podcast. “And we paid for it.”
His team spent the last week in baseball purgatory, watching two dozen other teams play, mostly because it lost the scheduling lottery and had the Marlins show up in Philadelphia for the season’s first weekend, just as a COVID-19 outbreak was engulfing their roster. So McCutchen was asked if he was angry at the Marlins. He responded with typical honesty.
“I was upset at everything that’s transpired through that — whoever decided to step out or not necessarily follow the health and safety protocol,” he said. “That upset me. What made me angry was that we, as the Phillies — we were the… victims.”