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In the classic baseball movie, Major League, Rick Vaughn asks crafty veteran pitcher Ed Harris: “What’s that shit on your chest?”
Harris replies: “Crisco, Bardol, Vagisil. Any one of them will give you another two to three inches drop on your curveball. ‘Course if the umps are watching me real close, I just rub a little jalapeno juice up my nose, get it runnin’. And if I need to load the ball up I just…wipe my nose.”
A puzzled Vaughn questions Harris’ technique, asking: “You put snot on the ball?”
Harris reasons: “I haven’t got an arm like yours. I have to put anything on it I can find. Someday you will too.”
The flame throwing Vaughn and seasoned Harris aren’t exactly concerned with acceptable pitching etiquette. Apparently, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso feels the same way.
With rumors of doctored baseballs running rampant throughout Major League Baseball, Alonso was asked by SNY whether he thinks the MLB is doing the right thing by cracking down on pitchers with sticky stuff on their hands and/or the ball. Alonso’s response: “Absolutely not.”
Pete Alonso was asked if MLB is doing the right thing by cracking down on pitchers using illegal substances.
His response: "Absolutely not… whatever they want to use to control the ball, let them use it."
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 9, 2021
The substances pitchers are using to doctor the baseballs don’t concern Alonso. He says he’s more bothered by Major League Baseball changing how the baseballs are made from year to year: “For guys that feel the ball and throw the ball every single day, and for (the ball) to change every single year, it’s not fair to the people who are using it every single day and throwing it. So for me, I would rather them have control. I don’t care what they use.”
Regardless of what substances pitchers are or are not using on the baseballs, Alonso is doing just fine. He’s currently batting .255, which is slightly higher than his career average. He’s also homered nine times for the NL East leading Mets.
Alonso was not asked whether or not he shared the opinion of Harris’ teammate Pedro Cerrano, that Jesus Christ is no help in hitting the curveball.