The interwebs are all a buzz Thursday morning after someone noticed what seemed to be a substance on Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester’s glove during game one of the World Series on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pictures of high definition TV’s showing what looks like a green substance on the lefty’s mitt have led to many speculating that Lester might have been cheating during his 7 2/3rds innings on the mound. Possibly using Vaseline or another substance to get more movement on his pitches.
The substance was pointed out by Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling on Twitter. His tweet, with a TwitPic of the glove has been taken down. There is also a Vine video of Lester appearing to wipe his fingers directly on the spot in question.
ESPN’s Buster Onley has been all over the story Thursday morning:
Aside from it being an illegal substance the other most obvious option is that Lester has a ritual that he touches that part of his glove before every pitch.
Game 1 of the World Series, however, is not the first time that there has been something visibly different on that part of Lester’s glove.
On August 29th, Lester started against the Baltimore Orioles. It doesn’t appear that anything is different about his glove:
September 3rd against the Tigers at Fenway Park there appears to be the first signs of something different with that part of Lester’s glove:
September 14th it looks like there is something on Lester’s glove in the same spot as Wednesday night:
Here is a shot on September 20th that looks like there is some markings on the same part of the glove, not as clear as Wednesday night:
October 4th, Game 1 of the ALDS against Tampa Bay it is hard to tell anything hard to tell:
October 12th, Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers. This one seems to have the least amount of anything, but it does look like there is an extra piece of leather on the glove:
October 17th against the Tigers, again something different about that area of the glove:
Here is what it looks like from Wednesday night:
Game 1 of the World Series was the most noticeable change in look of the glove for Lester. That seems like a weird time to make such an obvious glaring show of cheating, but it is also the time when an athlete might want the biggest advantage.
It will be interesting to see if the substance or mark is there if Lester takes the mound again in Game 5 like he’s slated to do.
Right now the Red Sox lead the series 1-0 and might be hoping they can sweep the National League Champs so that question is never answered.
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