Stephen A. Smith apparently believes Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is too easy for the Astros when it comes to the sign theft scandal.
"This is the crazy dog Russo that I'm listening to," Smithed from ESPN with Russo Mad Dog Radio on Tuesday, "Because it's not the Mad Dog Russo I've known for years. I mean, all of these things about returning to 2009 with A-Rod or Robinson Cano or this team wouldn't win.
"What happened to the Mad Dog Russo that I know and love? I've known and loved that for years. That I worked on the same channel was all about the principle. What happened to the guy "
Smith, who worked for Sirius XM a few years ago and had a show on Mad Dog Radio, said he thought Russo was too busy whether the Yankees or the Dodgers had the best case as the most injured team and that old Mad The dog would focus on calling the Astros for fraud.
"I don't hear this guy right now," said Smith. "I don't hear the Mad Dog Russo, this guy. It doesn't matter whether they won or not. It doesn't matter whether it's the Dodgers or the Yankees or who won.
“The fact is that the rules of the game have been circumvented. These people had a systemic policy. Cheat, cheat the baseball game. For this reason, they are not champions, but cheaters. You didn't deserve your trophy. "
This happened on the same day that Commissioner Rob Manfred had to apologize that the World Series Trophy was just “a piece of metal”. after Justin Turner got hot from the Dodgers over the careless remark. And the day Yankees star Aaron Judge said he was "sick in the stomach" when he heard that the Astros had cheated.
As for Smith, he also said that he thought Russo was too busy talking about the fact that the Stanley Cup is the only piece of championship hardware that counts, rather than focusing on the fact that the Astros does it Game cheated.
"Mad Dog Russo talks about the only cup that matters is the Stanley Cup, or the only trophy that matters is the Stanley Cup," said Smith. "The Mad Dog Russo that I know, the Mad Dog Russo that I know and love has nothing to do with it. It's about the fact that they cheated. Period. Where's this crazy dog Russo? I have it didn't hear in the last hour I listened. "
Russo seemed more amused than annoyed when Smith finished the first part of his chatter.
"You are something," said Russo. "How are you? Things are going well? Haven't you spoken to you in a while? How are you feeling?"
"I feel great," said Smith. "I just want to know where my boy Mad Dog Russo is? Where is he? I haven't heard him in the past hour. "
"That's fair. That's fair," said Russo. "So you think no matter what happened in this World Series. Who cares? The bottom line is that the Astros cheated and they should be punished forever and their championship should be vacated. How do you feel? "
Smith didn't chop up words in his answer.
"Based on the principle of what you did to win, you should NOT be recognized as a champion," he said. "Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, you gave them immunity, okay. Let them keep their money. They don't want to expose them to the season or anything like that.
"But what you can do without dishonoring your consent to them could be to get this championship trophy from the Houston Astros factory, and you could request all rings to be returned to the championship rings, and you can make sure that you sign up as Announce in Major League Baseball 2017 there is no champion. "