When I wrote the article "Ritualistic Behavior" for Red Sox Magazine (it ran in June 2011), I asked David Ortiz about spitting on his batting gloves before gripping the bat.
“I just do it to make sure I get
a good grip - make sure my glove is sticky. The pine tar will dry up, so once
you put something wet on it, then you get a better grip. I didn’t even know
that I did that until people told me!”
Now he doesn't do it anymore? Why not? A new product on the market - Lizard Skins. Peter Abraham tells the full story in today's (March 11, 2014) Boston Globe. Here's a link (hope it works for you):