“What [the Astros] did was worse than [assistant GM Mike] Taubman yelling at her, which is vile enough,” the 73-year-old WFAN Yankees commentator recently told The Boston Globe, referring to the recently fired Taubman’s taunting of three female sports reporters in the Houston clubhouse after the Astros beat the Yankees in the American League Championship Series, and Houston’s initial handling of it all. “They tried to ruin a young woman’s career. How do you come back from that?”
The incident was revealed last week in Stephanie Apstein’s Sports Illustrated story, which said Taubman took aim at several reporters, including one wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet, by screaming, “Thank God we got [Roberto] Osuna! I’m so [expletive] glad we got Osuna!”
The Astros first declined to comment on the story before its publication, then attacked Apstein for attempting to “fabricate” the story even as other journalists were able to confirm the incident. They said Taubman was only showing support for Osuna, who gave up a tying home run in the ninth inning against the Yankees.
Osuna in 2018 was suspended 75 games by MLB for violating the league’s domestic violence policy after he was charged with assault. Though the case wasn’t prosecuted because the alleged victim declined to testify, the Astros were blasted for acquiring the star closer from Toronto that same year. The reporter with the domestic-violence awareness bracelet often tweeted out the phone number for women’s services when Osuna took the mound for the Astros last year.
The team eventually fired Taubman, a Syosset High School graduate, and apologized for the incident, though have yet to publicly retract their initial statement.
“My brother is a teacher as he used to say to the kids, when they’d say sorry: ‘You’re not sorry, you’re caught,’ ” said Waldman, who battled sexism and harassment during her rise in sports radio. “There’s a difference. …They lied about the whole thing.”
MLB currently is investigating the incident, as Houston trails the Nationals in the World Series, 2-1.
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