So here’s the video:
Personally, I think Mariano is spitting on the ground, not the ball. I’ve looked at this video a few times, and I think it’s a tricky angle. I think the people who are eager to jump to conclusions are partisans. But they, of course, could say that about me. Here’s what inarguable. The video is inconclusive. That doesn’t prevent the Boston Dirt Dogs site or Halos Heaven from pronouncing Mariano’s guilt. But then again, those sites are run by idiots.
And then I came across this video taken from a completely different view. The camera here is set up on the first base side. It shows what happens over a five minute period. The clip, I believe, clears the Great One from any wrongdoing: