April 07, 2008
Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt was handed a picture of Jake Peavy, the image showing a dark substance on the thumb, forefinger and middle finger of the San Diego Padres ace's extended right hand: "Pine tar," Honeycutt said. "Rosin's not that dark."
The still picture was taken from Fox's national broadcast of the Padres' 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday and appeared on the message board of a Dodgers fan site later that night next to one of Peavy's hands magnified. The images didn't appear to be doctored, as they were from part of a sequence that was included in a highlight video posted on mlb.com. Whatever was on Peavy's hand was also visible on the video. Peavy, who threw a complete game and limited the Dodgers to two hits, denied that he cheated to get a better grip on the baseball.
"It's just dirt," said Peavy as he looked at copies of the pictures. "I pick up dirt. I mean, come on. I mean, seriously. That's funny to me, seriously. He later added, "If anybody wants to check me for anything I'm doing at any time, they're more than welcome to. I promise you that."