Joel Peralta got booted in the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s outing between the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals for having "a significant amount of pine tar" in his glove.
As Peralta was warming up and preparing to do his thing, Nationals manager Davey Johnson requested that the umpires check his glove. A brief inspection uncovered that Johnson’s suspicions were warranted, and ultimately resulted in Peralta getting ejected and the umps confiscating the evidence.
After the game, Rays manager Joe Maddon wasn’t particularly happy with Johnson.
"Insider trading, man. It's bush," Maddon said. "It's bogus. That's way too easy, right there."
He was referring, of course, to the fact that Johnson was familiar with Peralta’s habits because the reliever had pitched for Washington back in 2010.
Johnson, for his part, seemed unfazed by the criticism.
"If somebody has been known to use a foreign substance on their glove or their hat, a nice hot night is the time to use it, so I asked them to check and obviously he had it," Johnson said. "It was a rumor that he liked a little pine tar."
Despite the commotion, Tampa Bay ultimately wound up winning the game, 5-4.