It's a performance-enhancing substance that will get you thrown out of baseball. Players will go to great lengths to hide it, but are still brazen enough to use it in the middle of a game.
And they've been on this stuff since the 19th century.
It is pine tar
Perhaps it may have not been the best idea for Dan Hausle of Channel 7 Boston to interview a drunken Red Sox fan immediately following Shane Victorino’s grand slam run during Game 6, which ultimately, put the Red Sox in the World Series.
As far as baseball beanings go, it was as deliberate as it gets. Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches trying to bean the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, finally succeeding on the fourth, and the only person umpire Brian O'Nora threw out was New York manager Joe Girardi who came out to argue. Hmmm, think baseball's trying to send a message?
What does a manager do when an aging (39) veteran player is hitting only .165 after 6 weeks of the baseball season? For Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the answer was simple: move the player down to 9th in the batting order.
I'm sure many of you have seen the video of San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal attack Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro. That incident took place in 1965, but has always been considered one of the best brawls in baseball.