Regarding point #2: People who feel the way you do will NEVER forgive them, regardless of how sincere they make it.
Actually, I WOULD 'forgive' them if they did those three things. I appear more hard-line because they got away with little punishment and some of them seemed pleased and cocky about that. That just adds another layer of shame. And they made NO attempt at #1, #2, or #3.
Regarding point #3: You know darn well that NO professional sports team would ever give up wins/titles of their own accord. It will never happen in anyone's lifetime. That's pie in the sky thinking to wish for that.
A team that had integrity would do those things. If no team would ever do that... then there is no team with integrity in pro sports (and that could be true).
There are just levels of having more or having less of 'not' having integrity.
Regarding Astros fans: You're wrong there. They know their team did wrong... they ARE the World Series Champions of 2017..."
Well, if Astro fans know they did wrong it sure doesn't seem to bother them too much or keep them up at night. 'Winning-at-all-costs' covers a lot of sins I guess. And as for the players and record books... it may read that the Astros are the champs and they may all have pretty rings... but if you look closely those rings will always be covered in the mud of shame. And they will never shine as brightly as they could have.
Astros fans don't care what anyone else thinks and folks who feel like you do don't care that they don't care.
There is no reason for any Astros fan to care what I think. But they should care about playing the game in a spirit of good sportsmanship. If they don't care about that... then they have a much bigger problem than whoever wins baseball games.
Life's too short for me to get all wound up about this.
No one should get overly wound up over a baseball game, or any game to an outsized degree. But what matters most to me - as I have been indicating - are the larger issues that surround the cheating and fan reaction. Those larger issues actually are a big deal.
I have enjoyed reading your take on all this.