When you’re asked a direct question — one that requires a simple yes or no answer — it’s normally not a great sign when you pause for more than five seconds before coming up with a stuttering non-answer.
That was the story of Gerrit Cole on Tuesday evening.
The New York Yankees ace was asked about the use of “Spider Tack” on the mound — a sticky substance allegedly being used by Major League pitchers to improve grip and increase the baseball’s spin rate. According to The Athletic, a former major league pitcher tested the substance this spring, and his spin rate increased nearly 25% after switching from a sunscreen-and-rosin mix to Spider Tack.
“I don’t [long pause] … I don’t know … I don’t quite know how to answer that, to be honest,” Cole stammered when asked if he has ever used the illegal substance. “There are customs and practices that have been passed down from older players to younger players,