Houston, do we have a problem? According to sources, an Astros employee may have been stealing signs during the playoff series versus Cleveland and Boston. The Red Sox appeared to have been tipped off by the Indians about a suspicious man that was at the ballpark in Boston without a credential. Here is the account according to Metro:
In the third inning of the first game of the series, security removed a man claiming to be an Astros employee from the media-credentialed area next to the Boston Red Sox dugout, according to multiple security sources who were on the scene at the time of the incident. The man had a small camera and was texting frequently, but did not have a media credential.
The Astros intervened after the man was removed from the credentialed area and convinced security to let the man remain in the ballpark, but he was not allowed in the credentialed area. NBC Sports Boston reported the following:
Sources: the Indians tipped Red Sox off to Astros employee attempting to impermissibly gather info. The same individual was involved both in Cleveland and Boston. That same employee was seen again at Minute Maid Park today, but not in a suspicious capacity.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) October 17, 2018
MLB Chief Communication Officer Pat Courtney is aware of the incident and stated it would be handled internally. Officials from Boston and Cleveland declined to comment.