The Dodgers beat the Padres 3-2, but I was interested in this buried lead from the LA Times:
There was plenty of pregame chatter about still images of Padres ace Jake Peavy that surfaced on the message board of a Dodgers fan site the previous night. The still picture was taken from Fox’s national broadcast of the Padres’ 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday, when Peavy held them to two hits in a complete game.
The images show a black substance on the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger of the San Diego Padres ace’s right hand and didn’t appear to be doctored, as it was part of a sequence that was included in a highlight video posted on mlb.com. The black substance was also visible on the video.
They asked Dodgers manager Joe Torre about it.
“I don’t know what the substance is,” Torre said. “Sure I’m assuming it could be pine tar, it could be dirt.”
But Torre said he had no intention of making an issue of matter.
“To me,” Torre said, “if I start making a big deal of this — again, I’m not saying he should be allowed to do something that’s illegal — all of a sudden, I’m saying to my players, ‘This is the reason you didn’t get any hits.’ It’s like somebody throwing a spit ball. Well, hit the dry side. (Emphasis added.)
Is there anything baseball can’t teach us?