Controversy brewing over Jon Lester's glove
BOSTON (WHDH) -- A Cardinals minor leaguer has suggested Boston pitcher Jon Lester may have used a foreign substance to aid his pitches during his win over St. Louis in the World Series opener.
Tyler Melling wrote Wednesday night on Twitter: "Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?" The 25-year-old pitcher with Palm Beach in the Florida State League posted a screen shot appearing to show discoloration on Lester's black glove.
Section 8.02 of the Official Baseball Rules says a pitcher "shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball" and says the penalty for a violation is ejection and an automatic suspension.
Major League Baseball said in a statement Thursday that "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."
Boston fans just didn’t buy Melling’s accusations.
“His team played poorly and you know he wants to put us down,” said Will Schmidt, Sox fan.
“People are always trying to say things you know? Just don't let get in your head, don't even think about, it’s just people trying to get in people’s head,” said Jeremiah Gaimui, Sox fan.
Former Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield says no chance Lester did anything wrong.
Keith Foulke who threw the last pitch in 2004 World Series says it sounds fishy.
“People make a lot of stuff up so I don't know. You want to try to get every advantage you can you know, but I don't know about illegal stuff,” said Foulke, former Sox pitcher.
Fans say that means case closed.
“That’s just to get controversy they want something, they need something they're not gonna get it here,” said Steph Wattie, Sox fan.
In fact Lester said it’s not Vaseline, its rosin. The pitcher uses it every single game and he will continue to use it. It is approved by Major League Baseball.
Lester allowed five hits in 7 2-3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and a walk as the Red Sox won 8-1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.