ESPN reports that Tampa reliever Joel Peralta, formerly of the Washington Nationals, was ejected from the game because he had a large amount of pine tar on the inside of his glove.
Since Peralta was in a Nationals uniform as little as two years ago, Maddon responded with a tirade of words targeting Johnson, "Insider trading, man. It's bush," he continued, "It's bogus. That's way too easy, right there."
Maddon was ejected from the game but later went on to say that it was "common practice" among pitchers to have pine tar on their gloves.
Maddon's team ended up ceding no runs after the eighth inning, but it's a little too much when a manager has to come out after the game and defend a cheater.
It was cute when Vladimir Guerrero used to smear an entire glob of pine tar across his helmet—at least the slugger let everyone know that he was indeed using pine tar, and quite a good amount of it.
It's a little different when you have a pitcher putting an illegal substance on his hands when he's hurling 90 mph fast balls. It's the reason why spitballs are banned and you don't play baseball in the rain—there is serious risk of injury to the batter. One loose ball that flies out of control can put a man in the hospital.
Maddon's comments were childish and uncalled for, but does it surprise anyone coming from him?