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Veteran Who Tricked Astros Into Cheating Tells His Story

When news broke on Thursday that a longtime MLB star had convinced a young Houston Astros team to break the rules, many were stunned. Only Twins Daily reached out to that "very veteran star player." We present that interview now.
Image courtesy of Flickr/Viaggio Routard

What I hear in Astros clubhouse: they were convinced by a very veteran star player that “everyone was doing it.” “Steamrolled” is way too strong a word. Star struck might fit better. Feels like they’re not sure what to make of that now. They were a young, impressionable team.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 20, 2020


Twins Daily: Thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Very Veteran Star Player: No problem. Been waiting to tell my side of the story.

TD: First of all, I think the question on everyone's mind is, who are you?

VVSP: My name is Rick Crabtree.

TD: That is not the name of, and I quote, a "very veteran star player."

VVSP: No, but it is the name of a 47-year-old theater actor from Plano, Texas.

TD: I'm confused.

VVSP: The year was 2016. My production company had just mounted a successful production of Cabaret at the Shoreline Acres Senior Villas in Galveston. My day job at a local cellular telephone store left me wanting more, so I checked for other opportunities. I saw a listing for "Master of disguise, must be male, 35-45, in relatively good shape, competitive pay, no snitching." I figured why not? I go to the interview at this strip mall in Katy (a Houston suburb), and these two guys with polo shirts that say MCKINSEY GOLF SCRAMBLE 2012 CHAMPS on 'em say they need a charismatic, persuasive guy who can lead young men.

TD: This interested you?

VVSP: We were doing eight shows a week at the Villas, including a Sunday matinee. The young men in the cast didn't know Kander & Ebb from a hole in the ground when we started, and I rounded them into shape tout de suite. This was a perfect fit.

TD: What did they want you to do, exactly?

VVSP: It was quite simple, really. They wanted me to portray a World Series-winning veteran who could convince his young charges that there was a new method to win baseball games. It involved watching television and beating the hell out of garbage cans. Everyone was doing it, and they should be too.

TD: Which leads me back to how Rick Crabtree was supposed to do this?

VVSP: I developed a character, one I'd honed at many an improv session in the Fort Worth comedy scene. His name was Kenny "Juice" Palomino. Five-time All-Star. World Series champ. Voice of authority in the clubhouse.

TD: But...Google?

VVSP: Those McKinsey guys, they're amazing. They planted everything. Juice Palomino on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Juice Palomino busted in a brothel on Deadspin. Juice Palomino giving a tearful interview to Tom Rinaldi. The young kids, they didn't know any better.

TD: But there'd be highlights?

VVSP: Copyright bans on all of it. You'd try and play it and it would redirect you to the FBI warning that's at the start of old videotapes.

TD: Still, how'd you fake it? They'd have to know you were a real or fake ballplayer.

VVSP: Big elbow brace. Bigger knee brace. Always limping, spending time in the cold tub, never not leaning against something with my arms crossed, Oakleys on my ballcap, Cabela's manager goatee, spitting sunflower seeds. McKinsey gave me a dossier of chatter and stories about minor league bus trips. I'd tell my stories, and if anyone wanted me to step into what they called "the cage" or perform a "long toss," I'd motion to my back and go to the clubhouse for a massage.

TD: That...sounds like a veteran.

VVSP: From there, it was simple to sell the sign-stealing hustle. Those kids, they ate it up.

TD: Were you there when they implemented it?

VVSP: Oh no, once I laid the groundwork, management wanted me out of there before anyone got too wise. I watched the World Series on TV from backstage of a production of Cats at Earl Campbell Middle School in League City. As they recorded the final, dirty, cheating out, some of my fellow actors may have heard Skimbleshanks yelp. A job well done.

TD: Thank you for your time.

VVSP: Thank you.

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14 Comments

"Hey, it's not my fault that I was never taught to take responsibility for my own actions." -- the next excuse we're going to be fed by a media 'insider'

"...a production of Cats at Earl Campbell Middle School in League City."

 

I want to write like Randball.

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Logging onto Twins Daily and seeing this picture headlining an article is literally my worst nightmare. Well done.

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ToriiRules!!
Feb 21 2020 08:22 AM
Honestly this was the dumbest article ever posted on TD where are the moderators at to keep this garbage off this site????!!!!!!
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Dave The Dastardly
Feb 21 2020 10:44 AM

 

Honestly this was the dumbest article ever posted on TD where are the moderators at to keep this garbage off this site????!!!!!!

Taking a wild guess here... you haven't been a TD member for very long. I know for a fact that I've written dumber posts... and they were well-received.

 

Stupid is as stupid does.

 

Run Forrest!

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Ex-Iowegian
Feb 21 2020 12:16 PM

.....I'd motion to my back and go to the clubhouse for a massage.

 

TD: That...sounds like a veteran.

 

 

Thanks for the laugh.

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singlesoverwalks
Feb 21 2020 01:23 PM

Cabela's manager goatee

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 I know for a fact that I've written dumber posts... 

Brag much??

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Honestly this was the dumbest article ever posted on TD where are the moderators at to keep this garbage off this site????!!!!!!

There's three moderators posted in the thread... laughing, I might add

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clutterheart
Feb 21 2020 05:38 PM
I fully expected this to be an interview with Carl Pavano as a tribute to Marthaler
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twinsfanstreif
Feb 21 2020 07:19 PM
Ah, the "everyone's doing it" defense. Totally worked for me in middle school......
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twinsfanstreif
Feb 21 2020 07:23 PM
Why the CATS pic btw? Just to remind us that they made a movie from the play no one was asking for? To exaggerate the absurdity of the whole situation? Just to make everyone super uncomfortable?!

 

Honestly this was the dumbest article ever posted on TD where are the moderators at to keep this garbage off this site????!!!!!!

100% agree waste of time

Wonderful!

Wish I was drunk enough or twisted enough to write this!

Probably not far off how it actually happened.