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.
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.
Now the Yankees, who lost Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery last week, will be short another starter for the next two weeks, give or take. As Pineda will likely recieve a suspension from MLB that will have him miss at least one or two of his next scheduled starts.
After Pineda’s ejection, the Yankees were a disaster. The defensive committed three errors, and Brett Gardner, who was playing right field for the first time, actually could not find the baseball. That stuff never happens to an allpro like Gardner, as the ball had actually hopped the wall and smacked a Red Sox fan in the face.
Honestly, the game felt like it was never going to end but it did and the Yankees lost, 5-2.
How did the baseball world react to Pineda’s pine tar part deux?
Here are just a few of my favorite tweets:
— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) April 24, 2014
The Yankees had multiple conversations with Michael Pineda about pine tar after April 10 incident, including about possible consequences.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 24, 2014
Thank you Michael Pineda for essentially giving me the day of tomorrow. Ol' Pudding Neck #jaymohrsports
— Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 24, 2014
Michael Pineda found some pine tar between innings and ESPN is ON IT. But why is it on his neck??
— Pinstripe Alley (@pinstripealley) April 23, 2014
Michael Pineda tonight. Remember when the Jesus Montero trade meter was sitting at "Epic Fail?" pic.twitter.com/UOuEfeySaC
— Yankeesource (@YankeeSource) April 23, 2014
You'd think Michael Pineda would have been smarter, but his brain is probably covered in pine tar.
— MLB Memes (@MLBMeme) April 24, 2014
— Dan Plesac (@Plesac19) April 24, 2014