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June 19—You remember that scene in Major League where the old pitcher tells Rick Vaughn to use anything and everything on his body to gain an advantage on the mound?
Maybe Tampa Bay's Joel Peralta took that advice to heart.
Before coming into pitch against the Washington Nationals, the home Nats had a hunch about something—and they were right about it.
Peralta used to pitch for the Nationals, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson played that card to his advantage.
Johnson asked the umpiring crew to inspect the opposing pitcher's glove, and as a result, the men in black confiscated the glove as if they were government officials and Peralta was not allowed to play that night.
His walk to the mound ended with an early shower in the clubhouse.
After the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon called the challenge "cowardly," which spewed a small feud between the two managers.
Maddon used his own power to check the glove of Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg the next night to continue the chess match.
Peralta, however, came in to pitch the very next night and threw with teammate Jeremy Hellickson's glove.