Aaron Boone on M&M: ‘I think anyone inside the game really has no issue’ with Jon Lester glove controversy
|10.24.13 at 3:43 pm ET|
Former MLB third baseman and current ESPN personality Aaron Boone joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox’ Game 1 victory over the Cardinals, as well as the dispute over whether Jon Lester had an illegal substance on his glove during his start on Wednesday.
Lester’s superb performance in Game 1 was marred by the news that Lester may have been using a substance such as Vaseline or pine tar to doctor the baseball.
“I’m sure it was something grip-related, and especially in the cold weather here,” Boone said. “Assuming it was pine tar or something grip-related which I’m almost certain it is, I have no issue with it. I guess by the letter of the law, it is illegal, but I think anyone inside the game really has no issue with it, and you didn’t see any Cardinals saying anything because the reality is probably most of their pitchers, especially this time of the year when it’s cold, are probably doing something to get themselves a better grip on the ball.”
Game 1 was also hit by more controversy during the first inning, as umpire Dana DeMuth blew a call during a potential double play. With runners on first and second, David Ortiz hit a ground ball to second baseman Matt Carpenter, who preceded to flip the ball to shortstop Pete Kozma for what DeMuth ruled as an out at second base. However, the ball simply glanced off of Kozma’s glove. After a protest from Boston manager John Farrell, the umpiring crew convened and the call was reversed.
“As to the reversal, look, they got it right. I totally get [Cardinals manager] Mike Matheny,” Boone said. ”How can the guy clearly standing, looking right at it, making that call overturn it? I understand how that can be extremely frustrating. I think, as an analyst, at the end of the day, the fact that they got it right is probably the best thing that came out of it.”
The Red Sox’ quest for a third World Series title in less than 10 years will not get any easier on Thursday night, as they will face off against rookie phenom Michael Wacha in Game 2. Wacha, the 2013 NLCS MVP, has been brilliant so far this postseason, as he has compiled a 3-0 record with a 0.43 ERA in three starts.
“You talk about those Tigers [starters]. The way Wacha is throwing right now, and the repertoire he has from a stuff standpoint, it’s in that stratosphere,” Boone said. “I mean, it’s as good a fastball/changeup combination as you’ll see … I think he’ll be effective, the question is how deep does he go in this game, because you know Boston is going to make him work and get into that bullpen.
“Now, the difference between the Cardinals and say, the Tigers, is the Cardinals bullpen is much deeper. There’s power arms down there from both sides, so they have the ability to match up late in games and be effective. Now, they’re all young, obviously in their first World Series, so we’ll see how they respond.”
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