Only once did I associate Gatorade with failure—when Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg accidentally spilled a bucket of the drink on first baseman Leon Durham’s glove 10 minutes before the start of the fifth and final game of the 1984 National League Playoffs. Durham’s error in the seventh inning of the game helped the Padres take the lead and eventually win.
“The glove got heavy and sticky after the Gatorade spilled on it,” Durham said.
Yesterday, the Northwest Herald asked Cubs catcher Jody Davis about the moment.
"I didn't know anything about (the sticky glove)," Davis told the paper. "I didn't hear anything about that until six or seven years after that. Shouldn't have mattered."