April 23rd, 2014 by Jane Heller


Yes, it was cold at Fenway tonight. Yes, it was hard to grip/feel the ball. Yes, Pineda had no control over his pitches. And yes, pitchers use pine tar and have used it for years. But – duh – don’t put it on your neck. On national television, yet. And after you were called out for putting it on your hand the last time you faced the Red Sox. To say that Pineda isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed is an understatement. With Nova out of the rotation, the Yankees are already down a starter and don’t need their #4 guy to be sitting out a suspension.

But oh well. Lackay was “on” and the offense was helpless against him. The defense sucked too. Not a good night at all and I’m in a bad mood. The only fun part is it’ll be interesting to watch future NY-Boston games to see if Girardi calls out one of their pitchers. Clay Buccholz, for instance, who’s got to be putting something in that hair.




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11 Responses to “Guilty!”

  1. Diane Anziano says:

    This is going to make the rest of this season’s meetings between these two teams even more interesting than normal. It was pretty dumb to have the pine tar that noticable. I was pretty upset about the defense, even though they only ended up with 1 (or was it 2) errors. Anyway, we have to let this one go and hope to take tonight’s game. Question, Jane…if Boston had scored like 12 runs last night, would we call that game a RENAJ? i.e. a reverse Janer? GO YANKEES!!!

  2. Jane Heller says:

    A “Renaj.” LOL, Diane. People on twitter were calling it an almost reverse Janer, so you’re right on. (I think the Yankees made 3 errors, btw.) Yes, Pineda was dumb. Incredibly dumb. I hope this isn’t a sign of his immaturity, like when he had the DUI, and merely just a sign of his eagerness to do well.

  3. SBlue says:

    I was smh at Pineda. Why did he have to make the tar so obvious? It was funny though as Jeter knew that he was busted. Still, we lost the game due to Lackey. He pitched good. Let’s hope CC survives next…

    Here’s the next installment of Jeter’s Diary. A-Rod lives in Jetes’ closet for the year. lol…

  4. Jane Heller says:

    I thought Jeter should have done more to educate Pineda about all this, SBlue. Not funny to me at all. He’s the captain. He needs to tell the young players what’s right and what isn’t. But there was plenty of responsibility to go around. As for the diary, it’s hilarious as always. I liked the part about Luke Scott.

  5. Terry S says:

    Michael Pineda is not stupid. He did a stupid thing. Most of us have. Fortunately for most of us, doing our stupid thing in the middle of Fenway wasn’t an option. Cut the guy a little slack. The Yankees have done a very poor job of preparing him for the craziness of being a NY Yankee. Chin up Michael. It feels awful now, but it will pass.

  6. Jane Heller says:

    You think the latest Pineda incident was the Yankees’ fault, Terry? Interesting perspective and perhaps they didn’t communicate thoroughly enough with him after the first offense. Cashman said as much. But Pineda isn’t a rookie and Joe Torre and MLB did admonish him/the team the last time around. So it’s kind of his responsibility to get with the program. I hope he’ll learn from this and continue to pitch well.

  7. Terry S says:

    I was not trying to imply that this is the Yankee’s fault. Michael Pineda is the responsible party. The point I was trying to make is that doing something stupid doesn’t mean you’re stupid. There are a lot of harsh words being tossed about. I just don’t think it is necessary.

  8. Jane Heller says:

    Terry, if you read my She-Fan book you’ll see that I use hard words about the Yankees, including individual players, on occasion. That’s just how it is. Sorry if it bothers you.

  9. Terry S says:

    Let’s go Yankees!

  10. barbara says:

    it was hard to watch. it’s hard to watch someone do something so dumb. if we can see it on tv all through the last start–they said he wiped it off, he just moved it–and then see it clear on his neck, what was he thinking. what were the yankees thinking no noticing and telling him he needs to stop or be more subtle. did he think it blended into his skin color so nobody could see it. i predicted the season depended on him being great because i think we need reliable starters so now what. what if he feels he can’t pitch without it. baseball is such a head game and if you believe you need it it will be hard to pitch without it. now he’s going to be so carefully watched he can’t even more to more subtle ways. oh no. not fun.

  11. Jane Heller says:

    Well, Barbara, he’ll have time to think about it during his 10-game suspension. Ugh. And with Nova having Tommy John next week, our rotation suddenly looks scary again.