Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Smudgegate: Kenny Rogers and Pine Tar

Okay, let's get this whole controversy with Kenny Rogers over with. Did pitcher Kenny Rogers have pine tar on his pitching hand in game 2 of the World Series? He says it was dirt. I don't believe that for a minute. First of all, if it was dirt which isn't illegal, why did the coaches need to ask him to wash it off? And if it was dirt, why did he need to wash it off instead of just rubbing it off? And if it was dirt, why did he have an identical patch of "dirt" in the same exact spot on his hand earlier in the season? The list goes on and on. But I don't need to answer that, because I'm not an expert on baseball and cheating. Sports Illustrated talked to someone who is, a bullpen coach, who broke down why it was pine tar, why Rogers used pine tar, and why the pitchers on both teams are probably using pine tar.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting. I hadn't heard about this. After reading the article it's amazing how cavalier they baseball is about this. Is it cheating? Probably. Is it a problem? Nah, lots of guys do it.
Sad.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
Thank goodness. Maybe now people will stop talking about me.

Signed,
Barry Bonds

Monkey Migraine said...

There's a saying in sports which Jim Rome uses a lot - "If you're not cheating, you're not trying."

Funny on Bonds...I am surprised at how Kenny Rogers is getting a pass on it, while Bonds is getting crucified. Then again, Rogers didn't shove a needle in his butt.

Monkey Migraine said...

There's a saying in sports which Jim Rome uses a lot - "If you're not cheating, you're not trying."

Funny on Bonds...I am surprised at how Kenny Rogers is getting a pass on it, while Bonds is getting crucified. Then again, Rogers didn't shove a needle in his butt.