In the top of the 8th inning of the Tampa Bay game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected after umpires found significant amounts of pine tar in his glove. The inspection was requested by the Nationals, which were aware of Peralta’s penchant for the sticky substance from his tenure with the team in 2010. Rays manager wasn’t pleased with the ruling and went off on the Nationals.
So I thought it was a real cowardly [move], and I’ve used that word twice this year. So it was kind of a ***** move to go out there and do that under those circumstances.
Maddon was most upset that the ejection made Peralta appear like a cheater, “To single out Joel Peralta tonight and make him look like a bad guy or a villain of any kind, that’s what upsets me. That this is all going to lay on Joel, and I don’t like that at all.”
Peralta defended himself by saying, “That’s the glove I use for batting practice every day. Good for them. They still lost the game, so ...