LESTER NOT NEW TO THE BALL-DOCTORING GAME
> During World Series Game One last night, Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling tweeted out a picture he took of his TV showing Jon Lester with a curious spot on the inside of his glove. I went back over the video of the game to see for myself.
I’m usually hesitant to accuse a guy of spitballing in the modern game A) because nobody does it anymore and B) it’s hard to believe anyone’s so reliant on it that they’re willing to attempt it in the World Series with cameras at every angle. But it sure looks like that spot isn’t there on accident:
I went back and looked at some of Lester’s other games. The cameras on hand were somewhat limited for those, you’ll understand, so sorry about the quality of some, but they do the job.
In game five of the ALCS:
In game one:
In game one of the ALDS:
On the last day of the regular season:
I tried to find out how long this has been going on, so I went back to Opening Day. Lester’s glove looked clean there and for every game until his May 15 start in Tampa Bay.
Maybe it was power of suggestion or maybe it was legitimate, but as I re-watched these games it seemed like Lester was constantly looking down at the ball and also liked to adjust his cap, which usually didn’t look particularly clean.
If this was a one-time thing Lester could probably scrum up a plausible excuse that I might buy. But it appears he’s been doing this all year long, which is simply too conspicuous to just write off.