Gerrit Cole’s day job is to pitch for the New York Yankees, but he did like a tap dancer at a press conference on Tuesday.
It all started after New York Post columnist Ken Davidoff asked Cole directly if he was cheating: “Have you ever used Spider Tack while casting?” “
Spider Tack is a sticky substance openly used by weightlifters to improve their grip, but many Major League pitchers have been accused of using the substance to increase their spin speed, even though it is officially banned in the sport.
The sticky situation began last week after the Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson alleged Cole used foreign substances to gain a competitive advantage.
“Is it a coincidence that Gerrit Cole’s turnover figures have gone down (last Thursday) after four minor leagues were suspended for 10 games?” Is it possible? I do not know. Perhaps,” Donaldson said, according to The Athletic. “At the same time, with this situation, they let the guys do it.”
Cole will take the mound against the Twins on Wednesday night, but even though he had days to respond to Donaldson’s allegation, he didn’t have how to respond when asked directly if he had used the banned substance .
“I’m not sure how to answer that, to be honest,” he said, according to The Associated Press. “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players, from the latest generation of players to this generation of players, and I think there are some things that are certainly prohibited in this respect.”
You can watch the exchange below.
Mediaite suggested that there was no right way for Cole to answer:
If he said “yes”, Cole would get a possible suspension. If Cole said “no,” the ramifications could be huge if he’s caught lying. But worse than the “I don’t know” was the long hiatus, which became the most overwhelming moment for Cole.
Still, many Twitter users were pretty sure Cole’s non-response provided plenty of answers.
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