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Neck Tar of the Gods

Signs maligning Jacoby Ellsbury were replaced with jests at Michael Pineda’s expense. On April 10 in Yankee Stadium Pineda had a splotch of pine tar on his wrist. One would think that such an incident would stop future violations of Rule 8.02. After a poor first inning Pineda’s pine tar appeared on his neck. Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley, Jr. flied out for the first two outs of the second when John Farrell halted the proceedings. After conversing with Farrell Gerry Davis inspected Pineda and quickly found the offending foreign substance. Pineda was ejected on the spot and a 10-day suspension was issued today. The starter will not appeal the ruling. Joe Girardi fiddled with the ESPN camera mounted in the Yankees dugout because it followed Pineda down the tunnel to the visitors clubhouse. This isn’t like the National Security Agency using the Heartbleed bug to spy on people. No one, including the disgraced pitcher, has any expectation of privacy in the tunnel. Derek Jeter wished camera weren’t recording a few of his moments on the field last night. This mishandling of A.J. Pierzynski’s batted ball in the first inning won’t make it to the retirement tour commemorative video. This...

Plunk Drunk

All weekend I was wondering if a Red Sox hurler would take it upon himself to drill Alex Rodriguez. After 19 innings with nary a graze the first pitch Ryan Dempster delivered to the Yankees third baseman missed the batter’s legs. The next two pitches were inside and had Rodriguez lurching away. The fourth pitch found its target and Rodriguez’s ribcage will carry reminders of this encounter. The expression on Rodriguez’s face was a weak attempt at passivity, but I saw behind his eyes was fear. He was afraid his teammates wouldn’t leave the dugout and bullpen to back him up. He needn’t have worried. By the time home plate umpire Brian O’Nora sprang up to warn the benches his teammates got to their feet to show support for him. He took his base docilely, very unlike the 2004 game where he would have chirped all the way to first had Jason Varitek not demonstrated the virtue of silence. I think he was so relieved his comrades showed up for him that he forgot that he should be angry at the situation. Joe Girardi was plenty mad for the both of them. The Yankees skipper nearly clocked O’Nora as he...

Apex

Game 60: June 11, 2009 Yankees3L: C.C. Sabathia (5-4)BS: Alfredo Aceves (1)34-26, 3 game losing streak Red Sox4BS: Manny Delcarmen (1)W: Takashi Saito (1-0)S: Jonathan Papelbon (16)36-24, 3 game winning streak Highlights: When I looked at the match-ups for this Red Sox/Yankees series this was the game that I marked down as a loss. Brady Penny’s trade value hopefully skyrocketed with his 6 innings of shutout ball. He must like pitching here, even though Delcarmen blew what would have been his 100th win. To be a good teammate Penny plunked Alex Rodriguez in the back in the first inning with two out and the count 1-1. That makes the hit by pitch contest 9-3 in the Yankees’ favor. Alex Rodriguez didn’t take his base immediately. He made his way to the mound but must have noticed out of the corner of his eye that no one came out of the dugout to defend him. So, he made as if he were a good Samaritan and was recovering the ball that nailed in the back. After calling a meeting, the umpiring crew determined that Brad Penny beaned Rodriguez intentionally and both dugouts were warned.David Ortiz crushed the first pitch he saw...

Sinistral

Game 88: July 3, 2008 Red Sox 7 W: Jon Lester (7-3) 51-37, 1 game winning streak Yankees 0 L: Andy Pettitte (9-6) 45-41, 1 game losing streak Highlights: Lester is the first visiting left-handed pitcher to win a complete game shutout at Stade Fasciste since Eric Milton did on May 8, 2001. Hopefully Lester’s career follows a path more like his opposition, Pettitte, rather than Milton’s. For Pettitte, despite the performance enhancing drug accusations and his selection of friends and associates is a model of a solid southpaw starter, lest we misremember. The Red Sox scored early, capitalizing on defensive blunders in the first inning by the home team. Dustin Pedroia, who singled on a rope to center, scored when Derek Jeter Lugoed a throw to first on what should have been Manny Ramirez’s 11th grounding into a double play this season and the end of the inning. J.D. Drew should be credited with an assist as it was his leg extension that took Jeter out of the flow of his throwing motion.Ramirez ran on Johnny Damon’s weak arm when Mike Lowell batted a single to left and was rewarded with the second run of the inning. Compounding...


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