Jon Lester pitched very well last night, which isn’t entirely surprising, given that he’s a good pitcher. But was he a little too good last night?
Do you see anything suspicious in this video? Some folks do:
— Tim McKernan (@tmckernan) October 24, 2013
Hardball Talk has a write-up on the whispers, which includes a couple of pictures that may or may not show some odd substance inside Lester’s glove.
Here’s what I’ll say: I don’t know why Lester goes to the upper part of his glove so strangely in the video, and I don’t know what the substance is (or isn’t) in the pictures. But, in today’s age of high definition television, social media, and sports obsession, I can’t fathom that someone would be so stupid as to so obviously cheat in the World freaking Series. Sure, the upside is an enhanced performance on the highest stage, but the downside is infamy forever. And the chances of being caught are relatively high.
What are we left with? Probably a scuff mark on Lester’s glove, coupled with some hand motion that happens to hit the scuff mark (maybe that’s why it’s scuffed in the first place). And we’re also left with a Cardinals fan base that now has something to gripe about.
So at least there’s that.