Three or four times every day, I'm reminded that I follow too many Twitter feeds. Reminded when I realize I've missed something interesting. Case in point, Wednesday night when Clay Buchholz was treating the Blue Jays like Canadian Little Leaguers, Dirk Hayhurst tweeted this:
Forget the hair, I just saw video of Buchholz loading the ball with some Eddie Harris worthy slick'em painted up his left forearm. Wow.— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) May 2, 2013
Just once, I wish a pitcher would come out the next day and say, "Yeah, man. You got me. To whom do I send my fine?"
Instead, you can always count on some level of outrage and ... hey look, there's some outrage now, from Buchholz's manager!
It bothers me immensely when someone is going to make an accusation, and in this case cheating, because they've seen something on TV. He's got rosin on his arm. I think rosin was designed to get a grip. But the fact is, he's got it on his arm. I've seen some people who have brought photographs to me. They're false, The fact is the guy's 6-0; he's pitched his tail off. If people are going to point to him cheating? Unfounded.
(source: Pete Abraham)
I believe John Farrell. But it's not like Dirk Hayhurst wasn't a professional pitcher for many years, and undoubtedly has some experience, either first- or second-hand, with pitchers doing funny things to the baseball with various foreign substances. Anyway, Hayhurst followed up Thursday evening, with a photo:
Could be rosin, could be something else. Looked awfully fishy, is all. twitter.com/TheGarfoose/st…— Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) May 2, 2013
Probably rosin. A professional baseball moundsman would never cheat.
Which does, alas, leave us still searching for an explanation for Clay Buchholz's Hall of Fame-level season.
For much more about Clay Buchholz and his greaseball, please visit SB Nation's Over the Monster.