Pine-Gate 2014: Gunking up a Simmering Rivalry

Oh, Michael Pineda. Or, should I say, PINEda. (So clever!) 

Again? Really? The first time was bad enough, but now? Sigh…Putting pine tar on your hand is one thing, but having a huge smudge of it on your neck is just silly. Apparently, the Yankees need a make-up artist. Why didn’t anyone in the dugout help him be more discrete about it? One ejection later and the Yanks have a potential problem.

Look, I don’t have a problem with pitchers using a little tar to help them grip their pitches. If you are pitching in places like Boston in April, yeah, good luck. I think pitchers should be able to use this for grip and nothing else. If batters can use it, there is no reason pitchers shouldn’t be able to use it, so long as they don’t manipulate the ball’s path. But, if you are going to use it, don’t rub it in the other team’s face. Common curtesy, right? In fact, many batters have no problem when the pitchers use tar for grip. It’s not really a big deal anymore. 

With Red Sox manager John Ferrell going out to the umps to point out the tar (Oh yeah, this was a Sox/Yanks game. Fuel to the fire!), he has opened up a can of worms. Tit for tat will surely come into play, especially since we know that Red Sox pitches have used substances before, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yankee manager Joe Girardi pulls some punches during the next few meetings…

The rivalry is slowly heating up again, no A-Rod necessary! 

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Author: shestealssecond

I love baseball more than I love Churro Dogs and I'm cooler than A-Rod wearing Ray Bans.

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