Well here is one use of the Apple Watch you won’t see being promoted at next week’s special media event. According to a report from The New York Times, the Boston Red Sox have admitted to using the wearable device to help steal signals of the hated New York Yankees.
Tim Cook probably isn't too pleased.
Here’s all of the details:
Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.
The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month.
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.
It’s unknown what punishment, if any, the Red Sox will receive.
Ironically, Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a game in Boston in June.