Apparently, Mariano Rivera was labeled as a cheater for a few hours today.
If you haven’t seen the video, check out YouTube for the “evidence” that Rivera spit on a baseball in last night’s game against the Angels. The video caused quite the uproar among Angels fans and Yankees fans alike.
The New York Post, though, is reporting that Major League Baseball has looked into the incident and ruled that Rivera did not actually spit on the ball. He clearly spit near the ball, but not on it. The video clip that has circulated through the Internet comes from a camera angle that makes it tough to tell where the spit was directed and/or landed — and it doesn’t help that the video cuts away just as Rivera spits — but it looks to me as if Rivera is spitting to the right of the baseball.