Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester's dominance was the story of
the Boston Red Sox' win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World
Series on Wednesday.
Now, thanks to HDTV and some very bored people, we may have a little scandal
on our hands. Or Vaseline at the very least.
Cardinals minor leaguer Tyler Melling posted a picture on Twitter late in the
game, showing a green spot inside Lester's glove and suggested that he could
be doctoring the ball.
Now why Lester would have a giant green glob inside his glove is beyond me.
Not from a cheating standpoint by the way. He certainly wouldn't be the first
to do it, but to be so bold about it strikes me as odd. Especially in the
technology-mad era we live in now. Every single movement, as he is finding
out, is put under a microscope.
Deadspin then took it one step further and posted a Vine video from Twitter
user and St. Louis resident Dennis Paruch that showed Lester absolutely
reaching for something inside the glove.
Business Insider writer Corky Gaines took it from there and showed a slo-mo
clip of Lester reaching into his glove, then touching the back of his hat.
However, he does so with only one finger.
Hmmm. Was Lester doctoring the ball? We will probably never know, but the tape
seems to suggest something was up. Then again, it could be one of those
obsessive-compulsive-disorder routines that some players engage in too.
Remember it wasn't that long ago that Toronto Blue Jays announcer Jack Morris
accused the Red Sox of doctoring the baseball, citing a streak of what looked
like a creamy white substance on his Clay Buchholz's forearm, which he would
run through with his index and middle fingers.
Buchholz threw seven scoreless innings that night in Toronto and oddly enough
had his worst outing of the season in his following start, as he gave up four
runs over six innings.
Now it wasn't the Toronto Blue Jays themselves who brought up the Buchholz
stuff, it was the television crew. But keep in mind, Boston manager John
Farrell had been the Blue Jays' manager the previous two years before leaving
for the Red Sox.
Again, who knows if Lester was up to something. It appears he may have been,
but maybe we should consider the source too. It was someone from the Cardinals
organization who brought this all to light.
Maybe whatever substance Lester had in his glove made the ball slippery and
caused the Cardinals to commit three errors.
Honestly, doctored ball or not, does anyone think that St. Louis was going to
score nine runs on Wednesday anyway?
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