Fenway’s Great Pine Tar Controversy
Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox squared off against against their arch rivals, the New York Yankees, beating the pinstripes 5 to 1 at Fenway.
But the drama of the night was in the second inning, when Yankee’s pitcher Michael Pineda got himself into a sticky situation.
Pineda was ejected from the game when home plate umpire Gerry Davis inspected his neck and found pine tar — a banned substance that can help pitchers with their grip on the ball.
Tom Beady, co-founder and writer for Red Sox blog survivinggrady.com, where he blogs as “Denton.”
- “The Boston Red Sox made sure the umpires noticed something on New York pitcher Michael Pineda this time.”
- “A couple weeks ago, as John Lackey lumbered off the mound in the Bronx after being tagged for 10 hits and six runs in his first loss of the season, you kinda got the feeling that he’d be spending all his spare time in an off-the-grid dojo, practicing judo kicks on mannequins dressed in Yankees jerseys.”
- “If pine tar makes baseball safer, and many pitchers use it or a similar substance anyway, then why exactly is it against the rules?”
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