The Rays reliever is caught with something extra in his glove.
Joel Peralta entered tonight’s Rays-Nationals game with his usual assignment: Get the next three outs, keep the lead, and hand the ball over to Fernando Rodney. After Peralta finished warming up, the umpires would swarm the mound with a request to see his glove. Peralta complied, and would shortly thereafter head to the clubhouse gloveless and ejected, but not before tugging at his cap while facing the Nationals bench. The umpires had found what they deemed to be a significant amount of pine tar on Peralta’s glove.
Looking at the use of the protest rules and why most appeals are struck down.
The Yankees and Royals will square off in the Bronx on Saturday, the 27th anniversary of the infamous Pine Tar Game. That 1983 Sunday afternoon not only made George Brett a fixture in madcap blooper reels, but it is also one of the few major-league games in which a protest was upheld.
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David Eckstein gets the clutch tag for the rest of his natural life, Gary Sheffield's not a happy little baseball player, plus the ins and outs of a new collective bargaining agreement.
"To me, what separates David is his stature. He's not especially big and especially strong, and he gets beat up. And if you're bigger and stronger, maybe it still hurts, but you have a chance to deal with the blows a little more. And he is just a man of iron. I look at ways guys slide into him and the way they beat him up and everything else he does and the way he responds, (and) I think he's the toughest guy I've ever seen."
--Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, on World Series MVP David Eckstein
Rich Harden sparkles in his major league debut. Aramis Ramirez apparently thinks he's been traded to the Braves. Sadly, George Brett may be better known for pine tar than for being one of the greatest third basemen in baseball history. Brendan Donnelly gave up a run, a sure sign that the apocalypse is near. Mike Hargrove has an exceptional grasp of the obvious. These and other pontifications in The Week In Quotes.
"I was a little nervous at first... but once I settled down, everything went pretty well."
--Rich Harden, Athletics pitcher, on his major-league debut