Red Sox use Apple Watch to steal signs against Yankees

The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown, according to the people familiar with the case.

Stealing signs has always been a part of the game, but the Red Sox were very innovative in using technology here. Not that the Red Sox did anything wrong—all Boston teams are the greatest. I can’t wait for hockey!



  • James Hughes

    “video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players” Or… “Hey, it’s almost the last inning, happy hour actually looks within reach!”

  • Meaux

    It’s not innovative at all. No one else tried it because it’s against the rules to use an electronic device to steal signs. The advantage of the Apple Watch is that it’s less conspicuous than whipping out your phone to send texts.

    Innovative would be getting a HUD in a pair of glasses in an inconspicuous manner.

    • drx1

      nobody wants to be a glasshole! 0.o

      • Meaux

        I said inconspicuous.

  • You may think it’s funny but I’m sure Gruber is fuming! Nobody does that to his precious Yankees.

    • if there’s one thing i don’t care about, it’s which professional sports teams tech bloggers care about. the sports content is nearly the least interesting content, second only to when they talk about their kids (new parents don’t realize kids are interesting to you because they’re yours).

      • lkalliance

        I like the personal details like that. It helps me recall that they are human beings, with large portions of their lives that are just like yours or mine. There is sometimes such name-calling that goes on in the comment-o-sphere, such lifting up and tearing down of personalities, I like to be reminded of the more mundane stuff once in a while.

        And, go Yankees!

      • I don’t mind Gruber’s occasional mentions of his son. But back when I was trying (and failing) to figure out how to make Twitter useful or enjoyable, I wanted to create a Twitter client that automatically muted his account during Yankees games.

      • Mo

        Count me as one of those who could live a fulfilled life without hearing about professional sports ever again. But once in awhile, there are sports-related stories that point to bigger things. Some of those make their way into DF, and that works for me.

        As for kids, I think Gruber’s writing handles the topic very well. He seems very aware of the myopia you’re describing.

        • “He seems very aware of the myopia you’re describing.”

          Shame his/my readership can’t say the same. You have no idea how frustrating it is for those of us who are “public figures” to have our listeners/readers tell us “Don’t talk about things that interest you! Only talk about things that interest ME!” It rejects the fact we are whole people with interests outside the narrow technology field and it minimizes our lives to just one aspect of who the audience thinks we are or wants us to be.

          • Mo

            Ponderous myopia and galloping solipsism seem to be part of the genetic makeup for too many tech nerds. To name but one group.

            You’d think more Mac users—many having been subject to myopic IT departments in their professional lives—would be a bit more aware of this.

            I like knowing that The Loop, Your Mac Life, The Dalrymple Report, and Daring Fireball discuss topics other than tech, even if one or more of those topics aren’t of immediate interest to me.

            Everyone involved in the above has non-tech interests that help inform and provide some sort of cultural context for everything else they do. That makes better reporting and better analysis.

          • “even if one or more of those topics aren’t of immediate interest to me.”

            This is what I don’t get. So someone you follow/like/listen to/read has an outside “something” that you have no interest in. Why bother taking the time and effort to slam them for it or to even make a comment about it? They like it. You don’t. LET IT GO.

          • Mo

            It’s an interesting parallel to people who’ll take the time and effort to ask you what a word means or who that name you dropped represents. And they’ll ask you for that information while connected to the Web.

            But “I’m already overloaded with scary stuff I have to know, and more of that appears every hour! Stop tasking me with hearing about nice things!! I already have too many!!”

  • “Not that the Red Sox did anything wrong…”

    Ahem…”Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Red Sox executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees…”

    Sounds pretty wrong to me. 🙂

    • lkalliance

      As I understand it, sign-stealing itself is not illegal, as Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski notes. The illegal part is using technology to do it. That part of it is explicitly prohibited by MLB.

  • john doofus

    A Boston sports team caught cheating? Knock me over with a feather.