Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Growing up, my father was always famous for using crafty little sayings. One of his favorites was fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you and after last night’s stupidity displayed in Boston, it is safe to say that the shame finally fell on Michael Pineda.
Two weeks ago, the New York Yankee right-handed pitcher was caught using pine tar on his pitching hand in a strong performance against the Boston Red Sox. When asked about the substance, Pineda said it was just dirt, but unless dirt looks like thick motor oil, then Pineda was lying.
Using pine tar is technically illegal by MLB standards, but many pitchers use it discreetly to get a better grip on the ball and nothing is ever said. After being called out on the situation once, you would think that Pineda would be more careful in his illegal actions, but instead he put it on display for the whole world to see.
In last night’s game against the Red Sox once again, Pineda was caught with pine tar…. once again, but this time not on his hand. Most pitchers would hide the substance somewhere within their glove, but no, Pineda decides to wipe it on his neck. Yes folks, HIS FLIPPIN’ NECK!! In the wonderful world of high definition that we live in today, Red Sox manager, John Farrell, reported the obvious suspicion to the home plate umpire, which in turn got Pineda thrown from the game and will probably get him a multiple game suspension.
I normally have no issue when a pitcher uses a little pine tar or Vaseline for a better pitch, but as long as they use it discreetly for crying out loud. I think Pineda has the make up to become a great pitcher one day, but it takes a special kind of idiot to stick his tongue out at the establishment when he is already on thin ice!
Pineda was already on baseball’s radar when he was using the first time, but to display it on his neck, that is just plain stupid. With the amount of HD cameras that fill the ballpark on a daily basis, there was no way that Pineda was going to get away with it, and he didn’t. I have never been very tolerant of stupidity and I’m not going to start now. I have never disguised the fact that I am a Yankee hater, but don’t you think that Joe Girardi or one of Pineda’s teammates would’ve kept a better eye on this guy so he didn’t do something illegal? Apparently they didn’t and now not only did it get Pineda ejected, but it could turn into a potential problem for the Yankees.
Michael Pineda is probably going to receive a 10-game suspension for his actions and rightfully so. We live in a world where baseball is full of unwritten rules and broken ones as well, but when you are stupid enough to dangle both in front of Major League Baseball’s face, then well, I guess that makes you Michael Pineda.
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