In the eighth inning of last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals, reliever Joel Peralta was not only ejected from the game, but also had his glove confiscated by umpires after they found an abnormal amount of pine tar smeared on it. Not coincidentally, it was Nationals manager Davey Johnson who asked the umpires to take a look at the Rays set up man’s glove.
Peralta pitched for Washington back in 2010, and so it doesn’t take the greatest of assumptive leaps to imagine that a former teammate ratted him out for what must be something that the right handed reliever has done throughout his career.
Davey on why he checked Peralta’s glove, “A rumor he liked a little pine tar”.#Nats
— HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) June 20, 2012
This enraged Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon who, in addition to asking that umpires check the glove and hat of Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus in the ninth inning, also went on a bit of a tirade during the post game media scrum suggesting that Peralta shouldn’t be vilified because it’s a common practice and that Johnson alerting the umpires like he did was cowardly.
For fans of hypocrisy, it’s worth noting that Maddon once complained to umpires about a black spot on the bill of Philadelphia Phillies starter Joe Blanton’s cap that was suspected of being pine tar during Game Four of the 2008 World Series.
We did notice [the spot]. It was rather dark. I did bring it to [the umpires'] attention. Quite frankly, I did. I asked them to watch it and be vigilant about it. Nothing happened, obviously, but I was concerned about that early on.
Conveniently, Maddon seemed to have forgotten about this incident last night.
However, I wonder if there is an unwritten rule that I’ve never heard of before, in which it’s in bad taste to complain to umpires about players who were formerly in your organization and used less than savoury methods for finding success. I seem to remember other instances of it, or at the very least, broadcasters linking complaints to umpires with former teammates who possibly could’ve acted as an informant.
Unfortunately, Peralta most likely faces a requisite ten game suspension for having an illegal substance on his glove.
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