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Yankees: Not Pineda’s Pine Tar Gate

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Ode to Pineda’s Pine Tar Gate

The dazzling performance by starter Michael Pineda that lead the Yankees to defeat the Red Sox last night 4-1, has been entirely dwarfed by pine tar.

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 Jon Lester had some green substance inside his glove in Game One of the 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?

Heck yes, specifically MLB Rule 8.02, Section 4, which clearly states that, The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.”

Problem is everybody’s doing it, and players don’t care.

So, please lets not turn this into Pineda’s Pine Tar Gate.

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5 Comments

  1. Pete says:

    The Red Sox din't care – that's all that matters. You could have left the toilet paper reference out – we get it.

    • Yes, Peter I could have left out the toilet paper description but I wanted to make sure the reader understood how ridiculous the issue truly

      Yes, but the media and Red Sox fans certainly aren't letting up about Pineda and the pine tar…..it is very annoying!!

      Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!???!!

  2. DANIEL ROQUE says:

    PRETTY OBVIOUS IT WAS PINE TAR, BUT A WI IS A WIN. HOPE HE DOES IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN STRAIGHT TO A WORLD SERIOUS, HELL WHAT THE HELL CAN THE YANKEE PLAYERS BE ACCUSED OF NEXT, BEING GAY?

  3. RICHARD says:

    WHAT BAD BULLPEN!!!!!!!!!

    As of 4/13, out of 14 teams in AL, the yankees bullpen ranks in AL 4th lowest in WHIP, 5th in BAA, tied first 1st in saves, 6th in RA ( even with that blow out game).

    You should know better than to make broad stroke comments after 1 poor outing. Even 14 games is a small sample size. But at least my analysis is based on 100% games played to date.