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Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?

St. Louis Cardinals fans were reminded of the Kenny Rogers pine tar incident in the 2006 World Series on Thursday morning. Photos and video of World Series Game 1 Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester indicate the possibility of a foreign substance on his glove, perhaps Vaseline.

This photo came from Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling via Twitter.

Dennis Paruch offers this Vine video of Lester.

You be the judge.

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13 Responses to “Was Boston’s Lester loading up baseballs?”

  1. blingboy says:

    If so, it worked and he didn’t get caught.

    On another note, Mike actually sort of showed emotion while arguing the reversed call in the 1st. I thought his face was going to crack in half and fall off.

  2. Bw52 says:

    Wonder why the umpires who wanted to make the “right” call didn`t check out Lester`s glove? Isn`t it the umpires responsibility to make sure everything is on the up and up.

  3. kray66 says:

    I tend to believe this may be what he was using:

    Used by guitar players to make a guitar pick sticky enough to hold on to easier. Explains the green color, and would give him a little more grip in the cold.

  4. Bw52 says:

    So its a substance for the pitcher to get a better grip on the ball……………………………………So what`s the point of rosin? Who`s to say Lester didn`t have a dab of something else with the green slime?
    Of course the National Media wouldn`t worry about that because they are too damn busy slobbering over the BOSux.
    Rosin has been good enough for years so why allow this green slime?

  5. crdswmn says:

    Hate to break it to you, but our guys do it too. Rosin + sunscreen, which is what they are saying was in Lester’s glove. That’s probably why the Cardinals didn’t have an issue with it.

    • Brian Walton says:

      I suspect the Cards did not complain for a combination of several potential reasons.

      They may not have been aware of it during the game.
      Their pitchers may do the same at times.
      No one likes a snitch, aka respect the game, etc.
      Once the news is out there, Lester is effectively on notice without the Cards having to be bad guys.
      The game was a blowout.

  6. JumboShrimp says:

    Last night was NOT 1967, when Bob Gibson overpowered and owned the Sox. Wainwright is a finesse pitcher and was not sharp. The tone was set at the onset, walking Ellsbury on a curve. Its best to go after Ellsbury, walking him is unacceptable.
    I thought Matt Carpenter’s shovel pass to Kozma was not the right kind of toss for the setting. Better to pivot and make a stronger throw.
    The uncaught pop by Stephen Drew was astounding, right up there with the worst of Chris Duncan’s glove work.
    Last night was more shades of 1987 versus the Twins up in the Homer Dome, where our guys struggled to see the ball against the ceiling and crowd noise was deafening. Fenway Park is idiosyncratic and unfamiliar to most of our guys. They need to adjust to the park, quickly.
    I am impressed Ortiz hit a HR off Siegrist. Also, I like the way the Sox take pitches. Smart. Let the Cards beat themselves.
    Beltran and Holliday looked good, alert, and composed. Hope Carlos takes a painkiller and gets back in there.

  7. gsitler says:

    Here’s the rule:

    The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.

    So, he broke the rule.

    He Cheated!!!!

    And Rosin shouldn’t be allowed either, under the rule.


    • Brian Walton says:

      Gman, you touched on a hot button of mine, not just in this case. Either enforce the rules or change them. Baseball is full of unwritten rules that at times trump the real ones.

      Another one that gets me going is the first and third base coaching boxes. Why have them if the coaches aren’t required to remain in them? Earlier in the post-season, there was some grumbling (by the Dodgers I think) that Oquendo was too far out of the box. Sorry, but who is to define degrees of being out?

      The solution is simple. Change the dimensions to something more realistic and tell the coaches to remain in them when the ball is in play or be ejected from the game.

      I get that to some, the quirky nature of baseball is part of its charm, but some of this stuff defies common sense.

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