How stupid are the Los Angeles Dodgers? If there is one guy who NEVER needs motivation to mow down an opposing batting order with snot coming out his nose and smoke from his ears, it's National League CY Young Award Winner, San Diego Padre ace Jake Peavy. And sure enough, yet surprisingly due to the organization having a class-act manager like Joe Torre, the Dodgers have.
Today's (Tuesday) San Diego Union Tribune reports that GM Kevin Towers and the Padres have heard from MLB after Peavy's complete-game 2-hitter over L.A. on Saturday and the bogus photos posted online by some internet geeks regarding dirt on Peavy's hand:
"Umpires will pay extra attention to Jake Peavy's right hand, Towers said he was told Monday by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations. The commissioner's office is aware of a photograph showing a dark substance on the forefinger, middle finger and thumb of Peavy's pitching hand, shortly after Peavy threw a two-hitter against the Dodgers on Saturday. The phone call from Watson, according to a major league official, didn't reflect anything "untoward" on Peavy's part but was a "general reinforcement" of rules forbidding a pitcher's use of substances such as pine tar.
"Bob said the umpires are going to keep a close eye on Jake, based on the allegation of the Los Angeles Dodgers," Towers said. "(Watson) said they are not doing an investigation."
Peavy, who said on Sunday that he's "not out there cheating," smiled and joked yesterday that outsiders "look for something" when a pitcher is doing well.
"There's no foul play here," Towers said.
Peavy's next start is Friday at L.A. I'm surprised to also read earlier that Torre has gotten involved. "We'll be the home team on Friday, so the balls that get thrown out of the game will come over to our dugout," were his quotes recently. Now of course Torre was asked to respond to all of this. But the point is he had been much more coy with vultures in the NY media about much bigger issues than dirt in the hand of a CY Young winner.
And you have to love Peavy's response, saying the Dodgers "are more than welcome" to look at any balls he throws."
Peavy also reportedly said, "Anytime Joe wants to have anybody check me, I welcome that."
So basically,one of the most fired-up guys in all of baseball has just been questioned by a division rival, and is now even more fired up after already making the Dodgers look silly once in 2008. Real smart move L.A. Smart move. See ya Friday.