Boston Redsox Caught Cheating with Apple Watch, Phil Schiller Tweets Support

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The Boston Red Sox have been using an Apple Watch in a scheme to steal opponent hand signals, a form of cheating according to Major League Baseball rules. While stealing/deciphering hand signals is part of the game, League rules prohibit the use of electronics in doing so. When asked about it in a joking way, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller—a vocal Red Sox fan—tweeted his support

Baseball in a mitt with the Apple logo

Go #RedSox!

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Here’s the thing. The Red Sox were busted, and they’ve accused the New York Yankees—the team that accused them—of doing something similar using a TV camera. I wouldn’t be surprised—for one second—if the Yankees were found to be breaking the rules, too.

A pox on both their houses, if you ask me, and I’m not going to be tweeting my support for cheating. If you have to cheat to win, winning is meaningless.

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It’s interesting that Apple Watch is at the center of this. Chris Ciaccia jokingly called it Apple Watch-gate, and that nickname will likely stick.

No, scratch that. It’s interesting that it’s taken this long for Apple Watch to be in the middle of a sports cheating scandal. Should be good PR for Apple and its Apple Watch, one way or another.

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wab95
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And in other news, Apple has just announced a new complication for watchOS 4.0 – baseball hand signals“.

MacFrogger
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That’s a really stupid/thoughtless thing for Phil to say.

Considering his position, he really ought to know better. He clearly opened his mouth before thinking of the ramifications – I hope he apologizes and retracts.

Lee Dronick
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Wait – a Boston based professional sports team achieving success by cheating?!?! I’m shocked, I tell you, absolutely shocked!

“Your winnings sir”

‘Thank you’

skipaq
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As a long time Red Sox fan (65 years) this news/no news is not in the least surprising. Corked bats, doctored baseballs, team officials using electronic devices to relay stolen signals and so on have been around and dealt with in a more appropriate way than the NFL for years. And that doesn’t even get into the intentional hurting of the opposition’s star players to get an advantage far greater than stealing signs.

It is nice to see that the Apple Watch is being put to good athletic use 😉

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Thanks for posting a detailed guide on this. This is really helpful.

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Old UNIX Guy

Wait – a Boston based professional sports team achieving success by cheating?!?! I’m shocked, I tell you, absolutely shocked!