Michael Pineda forced John Farrell's hand with his blatant pine tar use
Believe it or not, John Farrell never wanted to call attention to Michael Pineda's use of pine tar during last night's Red Sox-Yankees game. We know this, partially because Farrell had the chance to call him out for it a couple weeks ago, and he passed on that opportunity.
However, as obvious as Pineda was being about it, Farrell had no choice.
Anyone in the ballpark could have seen the huge smear of pine tar on Pineda's neck. His neck, of all places?
This isn't an unusual situation. Players around the league do it all the time. A couple Red Sox pitchers are known to do similar things with a mix of Bullfrog sunscreen and rosin.
The key is that Pineda needed to be at least a little bit sneakier about how he went about it.
No one really cares that he was doing it. Just try to hide it, please.