Tampa Bay’s Joel Peralta Ejected For Having Pine Tar On His Glove (Video)
With all these newfangled cheaters out there in the world of sports—guys using creams, transfusions and teams of chemists to get a leg up on the competition—every once in a while it’s nice to hear that there are still a few guys who insist on cheating the old-fashioned way.
Of course, these old-fashioned cheaters are almost always pitchers—Andy Pettitte and Rogers Clemens not withstanding. And the latest pitcher to get caught in the act is Tampa Bay Rays reliever Joel Peralta.
On Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., the Tampa Bay Rays were in town for an interleague matchup against Bryce Harper and the first place Nationals. With Tampa up 5-4, manager Joe Maddon brought Joel Peralta in from the bullpen to start the bottom of the 8th inning. However, as Peralta was taking his warmup pitches, the home plate umpire called Maddon and the rest of the umpiring crew out to the mound to discuss something.
As it turned out, they wanted to inspect the pitcher’s glove. Peralta took it off and handed it to the crew chief. He gave it to one of the other umpires, who proceeded to take the glove back to the clubhouse for closer inspection.
So what did they find on the glove? Good old-fashioned pine tar. Thus, Peralta was ejected from the game before he even threw a pitch.
It’s really not that big of a deal, though. No one ever got subpoenaed by Congress to testify about whether or not they used pine tar.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]