Posted October 24, 2013

MLB ‘cannot draw any conclusions’ from Jon Lester foreign substance video

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Jon Lester pitched the Red Sox to a 1-0 series lead in the World Series. (Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Jon Lester pitched the Red Sox to a 1-0 series lead in the World Series. (Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

During last night’s Game 1 of the World Series, Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester shut down the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight and becoming the third pitcher in the past 25 seasons to throw at least seven scoreless innings in Game 1 of the World Series.

Videos and photos of Lester’s glove showed a discoloration, prompting questions about if Lester may have had a foreign substance hidden in his glove.

The Cardinals, who lost the game 8-1, never brought the issue to officials and the umpires did not question Lester or notice anything out of the ordinary.

Major League Baseball quickly had an answer for those conspiracy theorists.

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Pat Courtney, MLB’s senior vice president of public relations, issued a statement about Lester’s glove.

“We cannot draw any conclusions from this video. There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game.”


9 comments
PAZSKY
PAZSKY

"He didn't do anything wrong" - Gaylord Perry

"I concur" - Don Sutton

"Nope, nothing" - Joe Niekro

"He hasn't learned anything from me" - Clay Buchholz

SweetLightCrude
SweetLightCrude

Oh, Well. 

You half-wits can attach an asterisk  in your own personal MLB record book. 

Nothing like a good indignation high! 

AYahoo!u5er
AYahoo!u5er

Jack Morris called out Clay for cheating as well. Also Farrell was the Blue Jays manager when they were accused of stealing signs by a number of teams. 

Chuckster
Chuckster

What is going on in New England / Boston?  The pushing penalty?   The crotch grab?   Now Lester loading 'em up?   Perhaps a few too many trips to Beacon St.....where everybody knows your name.

Bostonguy
Bostonguy

Maybe this is why Clay Bucholtz start was postponed to game 4 instead of game 3. Ol' Clay has been known to load one up once in awhile. Let the flap cool down a bit. Despite living in Boston, I am NOT a Clay Bucholtz fan.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

'It Happens Every Spring'. And every October.

Cool
Cool

It is the freaking World Series, did anyone really expect the MLB to issue any other sort of statement?  I don't know for sure if there was any wrong doing but I can assure you that if it was Vaseline, they could look at the glove and know for sure.. it is not a substance easily removed.

AYahoo!u5er
AYahoo!u5er

@Bostonguy Once in a while? More like every start. I don't think its human to sweat as much as that guy claims to.