Welcome back to Nationals Park, Joel Peralta.
"It was a rumor that...he liked a little pine tar."
(Davey Johnson, via MASN/postgame, 6/19/2012)
"It was kind of a p***y move to go out there and do that under those circumstances. I like the word p***y move."
(Joe Maddon, via @JamesWagnerWP, 6/19/2012)
Joel Peralta's glove was confiscated before the start of the bottom of the 8th Tuesday night; apparently Peralta was ejected after a foreign substance was found on (or in) his glove. Pine tar! Before he even threw a pitch.
More quotes from Davey's postgame presser:
Q: So where does that rumor come from?
A: Well, he pitched here. I don't think it's a secret.
Q: So someobody within the operation had an idea that was going on.
A: Yeah, I didn't just make it up. Or dream it up. There was conversations before the game. He was out there. And I was talking to some of the guys, and I said how'd we let this guy get away...and one thing led to another...and I got more information than I probably needed.
Someone on the Nationals knew something about Peralta. McCatty? Jewett? A former teammate? Who knew? Whoever it was, Joel Peralta tipped his cap to him as he made his way off the field:
And in the top of the 9th, of course Joe Maddon had Tim Tschida check Ryan Mattheus' hat and glove, just in case he was a cheater like Peralta:
(Screencaps via MASN/TV)
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