Cheat Sheet: Baseball And Golf
Here are some cheating anecdotes in college baseball and college golf from former student-athletes.
• "[Stanford] figured out Arizona State's signs in the seventh inning. They'd call out a player's name if it was an offspeed pitch, his number if it was a fastball. Down going into the ninth, Stanford hit two homers to tie it on fastballs they knew were coming, and then three more in the 11th to win."
-- Kyle Peterson, former Stanford pitcher, current ESPN and ESPN.com college baseball analyst
• "I have seen pitchers put pine tar on their uniform pants, having it blend in to the stripe going down the side. This was easy to hide for home games, but most college away-uniform pants don't have a stripe. For away games, the catcher would keep a little pine tar in his glove and brush it against the ball before he threw it back. Better than a rosin bag, this allowed the pitcher to get a very good grip on the ball for curveballs and sliders."
-- Former college baseball player who pitched in the Big Ten from 2000 to 2003
• "On the golf course, the person who scores lowest on the previous hole has the 'honor' of going first on the next tee. When it comes to par 3s, it's not always good to go first. You want to see what club your playing partners are hitting and see how the wind is affecting the ball to help you decide what club to hit.
"There are certain players that would go out of their way to not go first on a par 3, even if it was their 'honor.' I know, because these players told me they did it to psych people out or to give themselves an advantage.
"There was a golfer from Michigan State who would walk slowly from the previous green, stop to tie her shoes, write down the scores from the previous hole, etc., all while making her playing partners wait. The playing partners would get so frustrated from waiting that they'd either just go ahead or the player would just say, 'Oh, I'm not ready, you go ahead.'
"Then she'd watch her playing partners hit and use the information to select the right club for her shot."
-- Women's golfer who played at Michigan from 1998 to 2002