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Couch: Spider Tack Scandal Just MLB’s Latest Embarrassment

Here’s a little baseball history: During World War II, when playing against the Navy service team, Joe DiMaggio hit a home run. That’s when the legend began. No, not DiMaggio’s. He was already a star. But the opposing pitcher threw down his glove and chased after DiMaggio as he circled the bases, mimicking the way he ran. That pitcher, Max Patkin, soon gave up playing and became known for 50 years as the Clown Prince of Baseball, traveling to stadiums, clowning around, copying players, juggling and dropping his or players’ pants. So baseball finds itself here again, channeling Patkin, to resolve its sticky-substance, cheating-pitchers scandal. Baseball is worried about its integrity, and the solution? Have pitchers drop their pants on the field. Yes, that makes commissioner Rob Manfred baseball’s new clown prince. It happened Tuesday, when umpires approached Oakland A’s pitcher Sergio Romo to see if he might have some banned sticky substances somewhere on him. Romo tossed his glove and hat to the field, whipped off his belt and, yes. . . Dropped his pants to his knees. LOL. Good stuff, baseball. There is rampant cheating in baseball, where pitchers are putting a glop called Spider Tack on the […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.