What have we here? That is what the sports world is abuzz about today as a picture of Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lester with something seemingly in his glove was tweeted by St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Tyler Melling last night.
Let’s be clear on one fact; nothing in Lester’s glove be it Vaseline, snot, guacamole, or space alien slime had a thing to do with the Cardinals sudden ‘Bad News Bears’ impersonation in the first two innings of Game 1 of The World Series.
Apparently there is a Vine video of it as well (also made by a Cardinals fan allegedly) showing the same style evidence. In it, Lester appears to go to his glove before rubbing down the ball; avocado is against the rules the same way petroleum jelly is.
So it is interesting, very interesting indeed. Interesting to note that back in the 2006 World Series between the Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers; the team itself accused Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers of scuffing the ball and using pine tar. He pushed a TV cameraman out of his way; the Tigers forgot how to play defense and the Cardinals won.
On a side note and totally relevant; Red Sox pitcher Clay Bucholz was in the headlines back in May for doctoring the ball. Dirk Hayhurst, analyst, author, and former player said he spotted him ‘loading up on something in his glove’.
Which will be fun to see what happens next really; is it or is it not true? We will see. Was Matt Holiday’s late game homer and the fact that the team seemed to be getting it back together and well, ticked off, a sign that last night was just one of those days? Do aliens poo? How will Boston respond to all of this?
I think I’ll get some chips and guacamole dip for the game tonight.