In mockery of the so-called “sticky stuff” screenings, Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo undid his belt and lowered his pants just under his buttocks when approached by an umpire Tuesday night time.
A pair hours earlier, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer undid his belt and threw his hat and glove to the bottom in response to Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi demanding the ace be screened a 3rd time throughout their recreation.
Welcome to Day 2 of the MLB’s new overseas substance coverage.
Umpires this week started checking pitchers throughout the majors for performance-enhancing sticky substances, which MLB is desperately attempting to remove from the sport with a view to generate extra offense.
No pitchers have been caught with the banned substances since MLB’s up to date pointers took impact.
The check-ins happen in between innings, final just a few seconds and normally finish with none drama.
On Tuesday, although, tensions shortly heightened between a fiery Scherzer and Girardi after the skipper requested a 3rd screening after noticing Scherzer contact his hair within the fourth inning.
“It was suspicious for me,” Girardi advised reporters afterward.
Scherzer, who had was inspected twice by the umpires earlier within the recreation, mentioned he touched his sweaty hair to get a greater grasp on the baseball.
Issues got here to a head an inning later when Scherzer stared down and taunted Girardi after ending the body on a strikeout. The previous Yankees supervisor was ejected after attempting to confront the 36-year-old three-time Cy Younger winner, who struck out eight in 5 innings within the 3-2 win.
“I must be an absolute idiot to really use one thing tonight when all people’s antenna is thus far excessive they’d search for something,” Scherzer mentioned. “I’ve completely zero on me. I’ve nothing on me. Examine no matter you need. I’ll take off all my garments if you wish to see me.”
As for the 38-year-old Romo, he appeared visibly upset when approached by an umpire after giving up a run within the eighth inning.
Inside just a few seconds, the three-time champion eliminated his glove, hat and belt buckle earlier than returning to the Oakland dugout en path to a 13-6 win.