The George Brett pine tar incident

On the occasion of spring training, revisiting a classic baseball moment.


David Puner
March 7, 2007 9:03PM (UTC)

We love baseball spring training. It's bright and sunny in Florida and Arizona, and the games played now promise the official games of spring and summer are right around the corner. Here is one of our favorite baseball moments of yesteryear, the 1983 George Brett pine tar incident, on demand thanks to YouTube. Cue to around 3:20 if you want to zip ahead to moment of impact. Three weeks until the regular season haul gets underway!

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And here's another gem: Johnny Bench and his "Baseball Bunch" with a dramatic recreation of that pine tar incident. Very nice attention to detail paid here, in particular to the mustaches.

Just as easily, the George Brett pine tar incident, as evidenced in the following commercial, could have been called the 7Up incident. In the 80's, all the players were juiced on this potentially performance-enhancing potion.


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