OK so listening this afternoon to all this talk on WFAN from Yankee fans calling in talking about Cliff Lee possibly cheating cause of a spot on his cap got me to wondering where the heck is all this coming from?
Turns out a fellow RDM member Kistics had the answer. He told me it was Michael Kay during his radio show yesterday. So with a link to yesterdays podcast provided by Kistics I started to listen to see if that indeed was the case. Then at 7 minutes and 47 seconds into the podcast I got my answer.
During an interview segment with ESPN’s Buster Olney Kay’s 1st question to Olney is,
Kay: Has anybody ever that you talked to in baseball mentioned that Cliff Lee has rosin on the back of his hat, on the bill of his cap and that’s illegal. Why people don’t stop him or make him change the cap?
Olney: No, never heard it mentioned and it’s funny. It’s one of those things that you see all the time and you see the way that he touches at that spot as he prepares between pitches and it’s clear that there’s something there that it’s probably helping him out when he’s pitching and it wasn’t till you mentioned it that but you know what? That’s a real interesting point and I wonder if the Yankees will bring it up? I don’t think they will. I don’t think that’s Joe Girardi’s style I think he will be more likely in a meeting with the umpires before the game to say, by the way can you please take note of any pitcher who might have a spot on his cap as opposed to like Billy Martin with that pine tar incident in “83″ waiting for that moment when he can strike and say, Hey you might wanna go out. I noticed in the 1st inning that Cliff Lee just touched the back of his cap. Could you please do something about that?
You got to love this stuff.