The camera was not kind to the Red Sox on Sunday night. During Game 2 of Boston’s ALCS matchup against the Houston Astros, Twitter blew up as the cameras caught Red Sox pitchers using pine tar.
As Boston pitcher Matt Barnes was dealing to Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, a fan pointed out how Barnes was cheating by keeping pine tar on his left forearm.
— cody (@CodyDaeschner) October 15, 2018
Just in case it’s too fast for some pic.twitter.com/0fHZ3uoEDN
— Adam — HSA Legacy Group (@AdamVtte7) October 15, 2018
While this instance isn’t the first time pine tar has made an appearance on the diamond, it is still illegal. Though, umpires tend to let it go unless the pitcher is way too obvious about it. Such as Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who was ejected from a game in 2014 for having a large clump of pine tar on his neck.
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