What's the big deal about pine tar, anyway?
What, if any, advantage does pine tar give a pitcher? And does using it constitute cheating?
Here are a couple of interesting reads on the subject:
-- From The Sporting News: Sticky situation: what, exactly, is cheating?
-- From Slate.com: The physics of baseball's most popular illegal pitches
-- And here's why "a longtime baseball man, who has experience as both a manager and an executive," told the Washington Post he wouldn't have inspected Joel Peralta's glove Tuesday night.