Toronto Blue Jays announcers, including wannabe Hall of Famer Jack Morris, have decided that they're tired of Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox steamrolling over the rest of the AL East.
Their solution? Accuse Buchholz of cheating
Morris is trying to say that Buchholz is somehow doctoring the baseball and putting a foreign substance of some sort on it.
"It was all over his forearm, all over the lower part of his T-shirt, it's all in his hair. I can't prove anything. I can't prove anything. Funny thing, the way the game is played today. In our generation, every player, every coach would have seen it, the umpire would have gone out and made him change, made him stop and that changes everything. Or else they throw him out of the game. So what kind of bugs all of us is nothing is done here."
Actual Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley isn't impressed by Morris' posturing
"Where’s Jack Morris been all these years, anyway? He finally gets a job up there in Toronto and he has to make statements like that and take away from what this kid has done? I think it’s wrong. He’s pitched long enough to know. Guys, you talk about stick-’em, whatever that is, pine tar. He knows that you go to something if you’re sweaty just to get a grip. It’s all about a grip. You saw the comment — that guy [Hayhurst] backed off a little bit, saying maybe it’s rosin, maybe it’s this, but if you just watch the game, you know: the ball disappears on you. When you throw a spitball, the ball falls off the table, and you know it right away. The hitters didn’t complain, but Jack Morris is. I think Jack Morris should zip it. I feel sorry for Buchholz to even have to deal with this. I’m styling here, and you’re taking away from me, a guy that can’t even make it to the Hall of Fame yet, and he’s chirping over there — zip it."
As both a Red Sox fan and a firm believer that Jack Morris should never step foot in the Hall of Fame without paying admission, I love Eck's response.
Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff are clearly benefitting from the return of their old pitching coach John Farrell, who left the Blue Jays to manage in Boston.
The Blue Jays are obviously a little bitter that the Boston job was perceived to be better than the same position in Toronto, and Morris wants to hate on the success that Buchholz (the AL Pitcher of the Month for April) is having.
Nice try, Jack.