First we had umpires that didn’t know the rules.
Now, we apparently have a player that doesn’t know the rules.
Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia said Friday that he didn’t know it was wrong to spit onto a baseball. Here’s what he said:
“I didn’t know. I was in my zone and just grooving. It’s something you live and learn from. I didn’t mean anything bad by it or I didn’t mean to do anything more. It’s something that showed up that way and people all of a sudden just create their own perception of.”
Cameras caught Sanabia spitting onto the ball in the second inning of Monday’s game against the Phillies. The Marlins beat the Phillies 5-1.
According to an Associated Press report Sanabia was asked if he had done this before and said he hadn’t, instead licking his fingers. The reason he chose to spit directly on the ball was because it was “super slick.”
You believe that?
– Rick Green