Surprise, surprise everyone from ESPN’s Baseball Tonight to the NY Daily News is focusing on the brown, gooey substance located on the inside part of Pineda’s right wrist and not the game of baseball that was played between one of oldest rivalry’s in sports.
Forget that Dean Anna hit his first Major League homer, or how Cesar Cabral and David Phelps struck out five Red Sox bats in the last two and half innings to seal the win for the Yankees.
And no need to mention that the Yankees bats are getting warmer, or how Captain Derek Jeter had two hits, and scored a run in his last, first regular season game vs. Boston in the Bronx.
No let’s instead over analysis Pineda’s hand in the third inning and the fifth inning until everyone’s eyes start bleeding for ultimately no reason at all.
The bottom line is whether it was pine tar, some shiny dirt or if he wiped without toilet paper it doesn’t matter because the game counts. So instead of harping on this trivial matter, go grab some Yankees Tickets instead.
And for all those testy, twittering Red Sox fans, you should know better from experience.
Don’t you remember how on May 1, 2013 the Blue Jays commentator Jack Morris accused Clay Buchholtz of throwing spitballs?
Or how in Game One of the had some green substance inside his glove 2014 World Series, which he claimed was a resin bag that happened to look “like a giant booger”.
Honestly, you don’t need to go all Sherlock Holmes, or use your phone a friend to verify that yes, Pineda pitched with pine tar.
Did he break an MLB rule?
Problem is everybody’s doing it, and players don’t care.
So, please lets not turn this into Pineda’s Pine Tar Gate.