Mariano Rivera Spitball? No Way Says MLB

A Youtube video has surfaced today which appears to show Mariano Rivera shiftily spitting on the baseball before a pitch. Major League Baseball of course denies the allegations, finding no reason to discipline the New York Yankees closer.

Kids, a spitball is an illegal baseball pitch in which the ball has been altered by the application of saliva, petroleum jelly, or some other foreign substance, according the almighty Wikipedia.

So did he spit on the ball or not? It's hard to say, though the trajectory of the spit certainly seems to be headed directly for the ball.

This video was clearly made by a distraught baseball fan who does not especially care for the Yankees. Sorry buddy, Mariano isn't going anywhere. Enjoy the series!

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Marea said...

Yeah.. that ball was full of lugee.

Brandon said...

..headed straight for the baseball.

Anonymous said...

This video was probably made by the same guy who thought Joe Mauer was stealing signals. Get over it!!

mtmike said...

Hard to say from the angle if the spit hits the ball or is traveling in front of it...even so it would be completely obvious if Rivera did throw a spit-ball since spitters drop like sinkers, Rivera only throws fastballs that go straight or cut.

And who said stealing signals is illegal, why do you think that catchers give multiple signs to the pitcher with a runner on second?

Sooze said...

I'm with all of you - let's file this under who gives a shit.