Skip to comments.Yankees 'embarrassed' Pineda ejected for using pine tar
Posted on 04/24/2014 3:32:51 AM PDT by rickmichaels
BOSTON - Michael Pineda got away with it the first time.
He should have quit while he was ahead.
The New York Yankees right-hander, who used a substance believed to be pine tar on his right hand when he faced the Boston Red Sox in New York on April 10, was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday nights start against the same team with pine tar on his neck.
Yes, it was pine tar, Pineda said after that game, adding, It wont happen again.
It was a frigid night at Fenway Park, the game-time temperature at 50 degrees but a 24 mph wind blowing and making it much colder. The Red Sox, who did not complain the first time, simply had to this time.
It looked from the dugout that there was a substance on his neck, Boston manager John Farrell said. You could see it. I could see it from the dugout; it was confirmed by a number of camera angles in the ballpark. And given the last time we faced him, I felt like it was a necessity to say something.
I full respect on a cold night youre trying to get a little bit of a grip, but when its that obvious, something has gotta be said.
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You can’t spell Pineda without Pine.
Shut down the Internet, we’ve got a winner!!! Just watched the video on ESPN...that was dumb and they ought to be embarrassed. Would they have tried that on a white guy???
The neo-Gaylord Perry!
Pine tar? What pine tar?
I don’t want to over interpret, but it seems like the message everywhere in our society is that cheating is OK if you can get away with it (e.g. sports, politics, business, academics, research, etc. etc.).
Although baseball is extremely hypocritical. A-Rod, not the most liked, gets a 200 or whatever it was game suspension. “Big Papi” — look at his rookie card and get back to me— wins the WS MVP and you can't tell me he never used steroids.
Baseball has a lot of similarities, at least when it comes to things other than performance-enhancing drugs. There was something charming in a nostalgic kind of way about pitchers who would throw spitballs or doctor the baseball (spitballs used to be legal way back in the early decades of the 20th century). And there were always suspicions about how a grounds crew might put softer sand in the base paths if the home team was facing an opponent with fast runners in the lineup.
Perhaps the best case of bending the rules with the ballfield is "Ashburn's Ridge." Richie Ashburn played on the Phillies back in the 1950s. He was a fast runner and a good bunter, and the story was that the grounds crew at the old Connie Mack Stadium put a very slight hump in the ground up the third base line. This would help keep a slow-rolling bunt up the line from rolling foul. Gotta love it. LOL.
As a Yankee Fan all I can say is Pineda is a pin head.
so it’s illegal?
Or it’s only illegal if you get caught?
baseball is stupid
What does pine tar do and where do you get it? I bet it is flammable. Does it put extra heat on the ball when you light it up?
It helps them grip the ball. Batters sometimes like for pitchers to do it because it lessens the chance of them being beaned.
George Brett would like to have a word with him AND Billy Martin.
Maybe it’s barbecue sauce left over from supper.....
You put out the word on the street that you're in the market for it. You get an anonymous phone call setting up a meeting place. You put on big sunglasses and a cap, take out a large cash withdrawal from your bank and you know the rest...;)
Seriously, though, I think it adds friction to your pitch, so you can do some fancy throws.
Its about the dumbest thing a pitcher can do but its also about the oldest trick in the book.
You’re putting evidence on the ball and sending it to the umpire’s neighborhood.
That’s pine tar baby!
Farrell was trying to be magnanimous, but the Bonehead had is smeared all over his neck; you could see it from the stands.
Where is Harry Reid on this!
I dont want to over interpret, but it seems like the message everywhere in our society is that cheating is OK if you can get away with it (e.g. sports, politics, business, academics, research, etc. etc.).
Yes, you are exactly right. It saddens me.
The NY Yankees are the UNC Tar Heels of baseball.
Arrogant cheaters, through and through.
“Youre putting evidence on the ball and sending it to the umpires neighborhood.”
Supposedly everyone does it but they at least have the brain capacity to be discrete. Being caught once is bad enough but twice in such a short period of time suggests a special level of idiocy.
Really?!?!?! Did he think he’d get away with it.
This guy needs to be suspended for awhile just for the sheer stupidity.
I love baseball. Next time he should wear a toolbelt with a beltsander and a drill.
How freaking hard is it to put anything, whether it’s for grip or something that truly is going to make the ball run or dip in a dark glove?? I mean come on.
Once when our highly rated HS football team went to play an opponent we arrived to field that was almost under water. We were lightning fast compared to them so they watered their field for 3 days before we arrived (it hadn’t rained in weeks).
We thought it was funny but it worked, they held the score down to 35-6. The year before it was 55-0 on our home field.
What made it more ridiculous was the TV cameras repeatedly zeroed in on his neck, and everyone watching the game could see the pine tar.
Also the Red Sox commentators, Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo, were commenting about it before the Red Sox manager went to the home plate umpire.
It certainly wasn't a well kept secret. - Tom
Maybe true. But I bet Pineda has a higher than fifth-grade reading level.
So why are batters allowed to use it to get a better grip...but not pitchers? Why not ban the substance all together?
He’s one witness away from infamy.
note: rare photo of an incident with an umpire using a choke hold to restrain a player.
Th brown spots will show on the rotting ball going up to the plate.
Most batters will notice the discoloration and ask the umpire to check the ball. You see this all the time when a ground ball is hit and the players will flip the ball to the umpire who may take the ball out of plate.
If you outlaw pine tar some pitchers will just cut the ball with their belt buckles. Or the catcher will cut the ball and throw it back to the pitcher.
Always a way.
I love auto-text rotating ball
Pine tar? What pine tar?