Sox pitcher Jon Lester accused of using substance in glove

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was accused of using a substance in his glove by a Cardinals minor...

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was accused of using a substance in his glove by a Cardinals minor leaguer. (Charles Krupa/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

BOSTON - Here is the essence of the so-called controversy regarding Jon Lester’s apparent use of some sort of sticky substance in his glove during Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday.

Nobody cares.

Not the St. Louis Cardinals. Not the umpires. Not Major League Baseball.

Lester will probably be spoken to - probably already has been - but not about whatever it was he used, which he says is rosin. Enforcement of baseball’s rule regarding foreign substances isn’t on anybody’s mind.

No, the only flak the Boston Red Sox starter will get is from fellow ballplayers. In their eyes, his sin wasn’t anything to do with the rules. No, his sin was being observed appearing to be breaking the rules.

“He kind of sweats a lot, man,” said second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “I know he loads up with rosin all over the place. I don’t even like going out there and telling him ‘good job,’ and patting him on the back because you get all wet and stuff.”


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