Yankee Pitcher Ejected for Pine Tar... on His Neck
Michael Pineda: 'I didn't want to hit anybody'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2014 8:49 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Earlier this month, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw against the Red Sox with pine tar on his hand. The stuff is illegal, but when it's subtly used, players don't usually make a fuss about it, Deadspin notes. Last night, however, things weren't so subtle: Pineda had pine tar on his neck, and it was obvious to Red Sox manager John Farrell. He told the umpires, one of whom placed a finger on Pineda's neck before tossing him from the game. Pineda said he was just trying to maintain his grip on the ball, notes the New York Post: "It was cold and I didn’t want to hit anybody." But the AP notes that he's showing some contrition, too: "I'll learn from this mistake. It won't happen again."

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HMunster
Apr 24, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
Yes, it's always a good idea to put a glob of something that glistens on an area of your body that is totally exposed to the Jumbotron cameras. Smooth!
Winston_Smith
Apr 24, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
I feel sorry for black pitchers trying to cheat. White ones just slather sunscreen all over their body and nobody can say anything.
Twiny
Apr 24, 2014 9:34 AM CDT
One has to wonder why MLB makes ANY rules when they make it so obvious that they can't be bothered to enforce them unless a player rubs their faces in it. Pine tar is either against the rules or it isn't. MLB needs to make up their fukking minds and either enforce the goddamn rule or take it out of the rule book.