Should the Red Sox have mentioned something to the umps about the pine tar on Michael Pineda's hand?
Last night, during the Red Sox-Yankees game, Michael Pineda was seen with a dark substance on his hand, thought to be pine tar.
After the game, the umpires said that no one on the Red Sox mentioned it at all, despite the fact that they were definitely aware of it.
There's probably a reason the Red Sox didn't say anything, despite the fact that pine tar on Pineda's hand is most certainly against the rules.
Pineda isn't the only one who bends the rules a bit. In fact, the Red Sox have several pitchers on their team who have engaged in tactics that could be considered a bit shady, at the very least. At most, they could be considered outright cheating, and they've even been accused as such.
Clay Buchholz is notorious for using BullFrog sunscreen to improve his grip on the ball. It's well documented, and there's really not much that can be done about it, since MLB can't exactly ban sunscreen.
Jon Lester was seen with a green sticky substance on his glove in the World Series, of all places.
If the Red Sox were to make a spectacle of Pineda's pine tar, that would open them up to even more scrutiny about Lester, Buchholz and the rest of the Red Sox pitching staff. Pineda was masterful against the Red Sox, and it's possible that the pine tar had something to do with it. But the Red Sox can't, and won't say or do anything about it.
Pandora's Box is a fickle thing.
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