Yes, we know pine tar isn't really cheating. Yes, we know everyone does it. But for a team like the Red Sox to be so holier-than-thou about Michael Pineda and the Yankees lathering it up, then to go so blatant all playoffs long is just another brick in the wall of pretension that's building around Fenway Park. Remember Craig Kimbrel getting caught with the nasty stuff? Well, here's Game 2 at Fenway, where it suddenly becomes a little clearer why Matt Barnes was so dominant.
And here's a rejuvenated Joe Kelly against the Yankees last series. Cool.
Just in case it’s too fast for some pic.twitter.com/0fHZ3uoEDN— Adam — HSA Legacy Group (@AdamVtte7) October 15, 2018
Squeaky clean franchise that never does anything the least bit shady. Fan base that would never do anything as gross as dumping beer on anyone. That's what Yankee fans do, right?
Another instance of a Red Sox pitcher going to the left forearm potentially for grip. This is Kelly vs. Yankees and the other video is Barnes vs. Astros. This is not a coincidence. https://t.co/hHH7UHVxIi— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) October 15, 2018
Leave it to the Sox to be wily. Trevor Bauer's been on the Astros' surprising increased spin rate all year long, insinuating Houston relies on the tar above all else. Best to steal your opponents' secrets on the big stage, huh?
There's no doubt Sox pitchers are messing around here with what's legal. Once again, no harm, no foul. Just stop pretending you're a model franchise that's above all this.