Did Jon Lester Have Vaseline In His Glove Last Night? (UPDATE: MLB Has Responded)

  • Matt Rudnitsky

During last night’s 8-1 World Series Game 1 victory for the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals, Cardinals’ minor league pitcher Tyler Melling tweeted out that he thought Jon Lester had Vaseline in his glove, and now a conspiracy theory has been birthed.

So, I guess he’s talking about that little discoloration, that looks a little greenish? It could be Vaseline. I’m no expert.

And this sure looks like he’s rubbing something on the ball in the seventh inning.

No definitive evidence, but that’s enough to make me skeptical. Sadly, I doubt we’ll ever get to the bottom of this. We’ll keep you posted if anything else comes out.

What do you guys think?

UPDATE: MLB has responded.

“We cannot draw any conclusions from this video,” the official said, according to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier. “There were no complaints from the Cardinals and the umpires never detected anything indicating a foreign substance throughout the game.

The official added that baseballs potentially being doctored is “an issue we always monitor anyway,” but it sounded like there will be no formal investigation since neither the Cardinals nor the umpiring crew raised any concerns about it.