Far be it for me to accuse anyone of being a cheater, especially so early in the season, however it looks like we have our first nominee for cheat rat f%@k of the year. Yes, those pictures don't lie, Jake "The Snake" Peavy, defending Cy Young awards winner, was filmed after the Friar's Saturday afternoon 4-1 win over the Dodgers with a funny looking substance on his pitching hand. Funny how it looks a lot like the black (tar) substance that Kenny Rogers' had on his hand during the 2006 World Series to roast the Cardinals. Fortunately for all, the Tigers and the cheating Rogers ended up watching the Cards win it all. Cheaters never win.
The internet is packed with conspiracy theories and apologists, however one thing seams clear. Unless Peavy wiped his ass prior to shaking his teammate's hands after the win without a piece of toilet paper, Peavy has been dipping into the Bardahl for a little extra zip on his fastball and bite on his breaking ball. Funny thing is, Josh Bard, Friar catcher, stated after the game that Peavy had exceptional control on this off speed pitches and change ups.
Now, I'm not professional hitter, nor have I ever been confused for much of a ball player, even in high school when the Gaffer rode the pine to a CIF city title, but something tells me that if Ricky Sanchez was able to throw 3 no-hitters in the northern league en route an MVP season with Crisco under his hat, then Bardahl will sure the hell work with someone that is a professional pitcher at the highest level.
This is flat out disgusting, that a guy with that much talent has to go out and put axle grease on his hand to get an extra edge over a team that he has traditionally dominated. Although there is no real evidence, wouldn't surprise me if this isn't the first time this country bumpkin pulled some of this bush league crap to get an edge.
Once a cheater always a cheater I guess. And to that myopic Friar fan who said it was only "dirt" on his hand, you know who you are you Signonsandiego.com subscriber, unless Petco Park is getting their infield dirt from the burnt deserts of Iraq, that looks a little to greasy to be dirt. Story, as always, is developing.