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Yankees: Pineda pine tar part deux

And here we are again, talking about New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda and his use of pine tar.

Pineda Meme

Funny Pineda Meme!! @MLBmemes

Just to recap, last night Pineda got tossed in the second inning because the Red Sox noticed that he had applied pine tar on his neck. The umpire actually swiped his finger over the area on his neck, rubbed his fingers together and declared that it was pine tar.

And that was the end of Pineda’s fourth career start as a Yankee, and his second vs. Boston where pine tar was involved. Click HERE to watch the replay of Pineda getting busted.

Honestly, I do not know if Pineda suffers from an attitude problem, an inflated ego that makes him believe he is above MLB law, or if he suffers from an extremely low IQ.

Regardless, whatever made Pineda deliberately use pine tar so casually against the Boston Red Sox again is beyond me.

Pineda gave Red Sox skipper John Farrell little choice, as his disrespectful behavior was a total slap in the face.

Even though I completely agree that Farrell did the right thing, I am well aware that the first time this occurred, Clay Bucholtz was pitching for Boston and he has been questioned a few times in the past about foreign substances. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Pineda pine tar part deux’ »

Yankees: God these new guys are hot

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Last night, thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury and Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees trounced the Boston Red Sox to a tune of 9-3.

These new Yankees are undoubtedly helping fans forget the lingering blow from the 2013 season.

But it is tough to get cocky just yet after watching the middle games in last weekends series vs. the Rays. As what fan base could be all in after boosting an offensively weak opponent’s run differential by giving up 26 runs in the two games.

Still, in baseball stats speak louder than words.

And from the look of things, these new members of the Yankees are certainly off to a hot start. Continue reading ‘Yankees: God these new guys are hot’ »

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Yankees: Robbie Cano don’cha remember

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

With the New York Yankees getting some well-deserved rest after splitting a long, and sometimes painful four game set against the Rays, it seemed like the perfect moment to check in on one of their ex-teammates who now plays in Seattle.

Yes, I am talking about Robinson Cano, don’cha know?

You remember the Yankees homegrown, All-Star, second baseman that decided a decade of losing as a Mariners was better for him than more seven years and being a Yankee his entire career.

No doubt, at first I was pretty angry when the Yankees presented a low-ball offer to Cano because that essentially led him to skedaddle to Seattle.

I never even entertained that the Yankees should go near anywhere near the 10-year, $240 million deal he inked with the Mariners, but an offer of $200 million over 8-seasons would have been the right thing to do.

Even though I try to live by the motto, root for the team – not the player, I did have a certain affinity for Cano. He played baseball with such ease, and I was in awe of his God-given talent. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Robbie Cano don’cha remember’ »

Yankees: Team players do not pitch hurt

Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

As you already know, baseball is a team sport.

The greatest teams are made up of players who keep their egos in check by setting aside personal desires, and living by the motto, whatever it takes to make the team better.

This means putting the team first by simply asking one question every time you have to make a decision.

What is in the best interest of the team?

For example if something doesn’t feel right it is a player’s obligation to speak up so he doesn’t jeopardize his team’s chances of winning.

No doubt nobody is perfect, but if something feels physically off…you STOP.

And if anyone should know this it is New York Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova.

Nova’s decision to start on Saturday vs. the Rays is a good example of how not to be a team player.

Did his decision result in the Yankees losing to the Rays, 16-1?

Not totally, as theoretically Nova was only tagged for eight of the Rays runs. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Team players do not pitch hurt’ »

Yankees: Tropicana Field beat down starts tonight

Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Following winning yesterday’s double header against the Cubs, the New York Yankees land in Tampa on a four game winning streak to face their divisional rival Rays.

This series is a big one not only because Tropicana Field, the dome home of the Rays has not been the friendliest place to the Yankees over the last few years. It is the Rays themselves, who have been a problem for the Yankees since 2010.

Since winning the 2009 World Series, the Yankees have gone 32-41 vs. the Rays, and 14-22 at the Trop. The last 22 games the Yankees have only won six.

Still even with all the recent miseries at the Trop, I do believe the Yankees team can take this series from magical skipper Joe Maddon and his Rays if they win tonight.

Why?

CC Sabathia vs. David Price.

Yes, the match-up doesn’t have nearly the same ‘two CY Young winners facing off’ mojo as years past, but not because of Price.

Fact is the Trop has been Sabathia’s nemesis well before his 2013 reality check.

As the last time Sabathia earned a win at the Trop was on April 10, 2010, and he has gone 0-8 since. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Tropicana Field beat down starts tonight’ »