Hayhurst, a Blue Jays announcer who is also writing a book about his time in the Rays organization, stuck by his story saying “I don’t feel a damn bit sorry about it,” even though there wasn’t any evidence to support his accusation.
“Pitchers break the law, folks. Some do it in the accepted “it’s only five miles over the limit, officer,” way. Some have big enough names that they can get away with it even when it’s plain for all to see – Cliff Lee’s hat, anyone?”
Lee was asked about Hayhurst’s comments, and legitimately asked “Who is Dirk Hayhurst?”
Once Lee was informed of Hayhurst’s credentials, Lee dismissed the accusation, noting that it is just an old and dirty cap. “I’ll go get you my hat right now,” said Lee. “I’ve been wearing the same hat for three years. It’s sweat and rosin.”
This is not the first time Lee’s cap has been questioned. But there is nothing illegal about rosin. And no opposing team has ever challenged the legality of the hat.
Maybe this is just how Hayhurst is trying to make a name for himself, by saying outlandish things and getting people like me to write about him.
But Hayhurst sounds more like the pitcher that believes he didn’t make it in the big leagues because everybody else was cheating.