The Houston Astros take on the Washington Nationals in Game One of the World Series Tuesday night, but all eyes are on a different story regarding the team: One published Monday by Sports Illustrated that accuses a team exec of having an "offensive" locker room outburst directed at three female reporters.
- The allegation: While in the locker room after the American League championship ended in the Astros' favor, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned toward the reporters, one of whom was wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled the following six times: "Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!"
- The player: Roberto Osuna was traded to the Astros in July 2018 after the Blue Jays unloaded him following his May 8 arrest on assault charges involving the mother of his then-3-year-old. The charges were ultimately dropped, but Osuna was suspended by MLB for 75 games for violating the league's domestic violence policy, reports CNN. His suspension ended in August 2018, and he ended this season as MLB's No. 2 closer.
- But on Saturday... He wasn't such a hot closer. He let a two-run homer slip through to tie the game 4-4 at the top of the ninth. Astro Jose Altuve's subsequent two-run homer was the game saver.