Jon Lester to Colin Cowherd: You couldn’t be more wrong about David Ortiz

David-Ortiz-rips-Buster-OlneyBoston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester went on Colin Cowherd’s show on Friday to defend David Ortiz. Earlier this week, Cowherd spoke about Ortiz’s mind-boggling performance in the World Series and all but accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs. Lester seemed certain that is not the case.

“I think you couldn’t be more wrong about him,” Lester said. “I think the biggest thing with David is you really haven’t seen the power numbers spike up or anything like that. I think he’s just become more of a complete hitter. … It’s not like he’s going at there at 37 and all of a sudden he’s hitting 50 homers and driving in 140 (runs).

“He’s hitting his normal home run totals that he’s hit his entire career. His average has gone up, which I think is a result of him taking his walks and taking the base hits. I think Fenway Park is a good ballpark for him and fits him well and I think he’s done it the right way for a long time.”

Lester is right about that. Ortiz has hit somewhere in the vicinity of 25-30 home runs and 90-100 RBI for the past six seasons of his career — excluding stretches where he was injured. After hitting just .238 in 150 games in 2009, many assumed Big Papi was washed up. Instead, he enjoyed one of the best all-around statistical years of his career this season at age 37.

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Cardinals GM John Mozeliak: Jon Lester’s glove substance is a ‘non-issue’


If Jon Lester did indeed use some sort of substance like Vaseline or pine tar to doctor his pitches in Game 1 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are not concerned about it. When asked about photos and video clips that have been circulating the web on Thursday morning, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak insisted the team has already moved on.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s a non-issue,” Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s something that arose in social media and not from our players or manager or our coaching staff. To me it does not represent a concern.”

As an MLB spokesman said in his statement addressing the accusations, neither the Cardinals nor the umpiring crew raised any concerns about Lester doctoring the baseball on Wednesday night. If they were given any reason to believe that the ball was moving in a way that seemed unusual, they almost certainly would have mentioned something.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who referred to GooGate as a “non-controversy,” speculated that Lester was using BullFrog sunscreen to help him get a better grip on the baseball. That is the same substance that Clay Buchholz allegedly used on his arm when he was accused of doctoring the ball back in May. During their ALDS series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Passan shared a screenshot of a bottle of BullFrog in Boston’s dugout.

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Did Jon Lester have Vaseline on his glove? MLB says there is nothing conclusive


UPDATE: Cardinals GM John Mozeliak shares his thoughts on Jon Lester’s glove.

The internet is accusing Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester of cheating during his impressive performance in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. A number of photos and video clips that have been making the rounds appear to show some sort of substance on the inside of Lester’s glove, which many have speculated could be Vaseline or pine tar.

For a video clip of Lester seemingly going to a specific spot on his glove, click here.

An MLB official briefly addressed the accusations on Thursday morning.

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Jon Lester used Vaseline on his glove? Cardinals minor league pitcher Tyler Melling thinks so


UPDATE (12:15 p.m.): An MLB official has addressed the Lester accusations.

UPDATE (1:02 p.m.): Cardinals GM John Mozeliak shares his thought’s on Lester’s glove.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester turned in a phenomenal outing against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, but some are accusing him of cheating. Tyler Melling, a pitcher who plays ball in the Cards’ minor league system, posted a photo during the game that has caused some speculation.

Melling later deleted his tweet, which I assume was done per the request of the organization.

The only thing we can really see is that there is a discoloration between the thumb and webbing of the glove. It’s hard to tell if there’s some sort of substance there or if the leather is simply wearing out at that particular spot. Another Twitter user pointed out that Lester appeared to touch that part of his glove before gripping the ball in the 7th inning.

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Jon Lester tweets Temple Run score during game he pitched

Jon LesterJon Lester experienced his shortest start of the season on Friday, and it looks like he tried taking his mind off the poor performance by playing a little Temple Run on his phone. Unfortunately, Lester had the autotweet feature on his phone turned on, so his score achieved on the video game was sent to his Twitter account … while the Boston Red Sox-Arizona Diamondbacks game was still going on.

Here’s the tweet that was sent from Lester’s account during the ninth inning of the game:

That tweet has been deleted, but it linked to an image of Lester’s low 1,209 score in the game, which matched his equally poor performance on the mound. Here’s an image of his score:

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Jon Lester Admits to Drinking Beer in Clubhouse During Games

Slowly but surely, the Red Sox are coming forward and addressing the public.  It’s no surprise that it has taken so long.  When you are accused of the types of things the Sox have been accused of it’s probably a smart idea to plan your rebuttals carefully.  While John Henry showing up at the 98.5 The Sports Hub studio unannounced may have left him vulnerable and unprepared, it showed he wasn’t afraid to stand up for himself and the team.  On Monday, a member of the three beer-drinking, fried-chicken-eating trio came forward and addressed a few rumors.

In a disappointing turn (or lack of turn) of events, Jon Lester admitted to drinking beer in the Red Sox clubhouse during games.  Lester said it was “the wrong thing to do” but insisted he and his teammates — whom he did not mention by name — were not affected by the decision.

“Most of the times it was one beer, a beer,” he told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “It was like having a Coke in terms of how it affected you mentally or physically. I know how it looks to people and it probably looks bad. But we weren’t up there just drinking and eating and nobody played video games. We watched the game.”

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Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey Reportedly Drank Beer, Played Video Games During Red Sox Games

Shortly after the Red Sox completed their historic collapse on the final day of the season, the reports of clubhouse problems emerged. Some Red Sox pitchers were accused of drinking beer during games. Adrian Gonzalez complained about the team’s arduous schedule. David Ortiz said some players probably didn’t care about the team losing. Apparently those were just a taste of the overall problems going on in Boston.

The Boston Globe published a lengthy report early Wednesday morning that detailed many of the team’s issues.

The Globe says pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, and John Lackey drank beer, played video games, and ate fried chicken during games. While the rest of their teammates were working hard to win games, these guys reportedly were bro’ing out like a bunch of frat boys on spring break. It must be noted that the practice reportedly began in 2010. The team experienced some success despite the pitchers’ careless ways, but it appeared to have burned them late in the year. Beckett managed to have a good season this year, but Lackey was awful again, and Lester struggled in September. They trio also reportedly cut down on their exercise routines this year.

These players clearly weren’t working as hard as they could be, and it makes us wonder how good they could be if they trained the way professional athletes should. It also explains owner John Henry’s “nutritional issues” euphemism regarding the team.

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