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#pounditSaturday, January 28, 2023

Report: Red Sox used Fitbit, not Apple Watch, for sign stealing

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The Apple Watch received tons of publicity over the Boston Red Sox’s sign-stealing allegations two weeks ago, but it turns out the product may not have even been used.

The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported on Saturday that the Red Sox used a Fitbit product, not an Apple Watch, to assist in the sign stealing.

Fitbit devices worn on the wrist can be linked up to one’s phone number and receive text message alerts. Some models can display the text messages, which would be critical in a sign stealing operation.

Boston was found to have used technological devices to assist them in sign stealing. Sign stealing is an accepted part of baseball, but using electronics to assist is crossing a line. The Red Sox were fined by MLB for the sign stealing, while the Yankees were fined a lesser amount for their violations.

And now everyone can resume their jokes about the Apple Watch not having much use.

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