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A Cardinals minor leaguer wonders if Jon Lester was doctoring up the ball last night

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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester acknowledges the crowd as he leaves the game during the eighth inning of Game 1 of baseball’s World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


UPDATE: MLB has issued a statement saying the video was inconclusive. So, basically, this little controversy is over.

9:30 AM: Well here’s some fun fodder to tide us over until game time!

Tyler Melling, a minor league pitcher in the Cardinals organization, took to Twitter last night to ask whether Jon Lester was adding a little foreign substance to the ball:

Jon Lester using a little Vaseline inside the glove tonight?

— Tyler Melling (@TylerMelling) October 24, 2013

Here’s video:

Now video/vine of Lester in the 7th RT @Jimmy_Manno vine of him getting the goo off the glove:

— Tim McKernan (@tmckernan) October 24, 2013

And here’s another pic of Lester’s glove:
Lester glove

Interesting. Inconclusive -- he could just as easily be wiping sweat off his fingers as he is wiping goo on, or he could just be doing weird OCD crap like touching the strings of his glove, etc. -- but interesting.

Let’s see if this gets any traction. Especially given the source of the speculation.

(thanks to @Justin_Shea for alerting me to this)