This Week in Pine Tar and Other Bad Stuff in Sports

As major league pitchers continue to tear elbow ligaments at a frantic pace, classless, cheating pretenders to major league status like the yankees’ Miguel Pineda lie, cheat and steal, wasting the opportunity of honestly performing their craft in front of enthusiastic fans, as the now injured decent guys can now do no longer . This week has been a painful one for sports fans, between the overwhelming incompetence demonstrated by NBA referees in the league’s showcase of playoff games, and now the blatant cheating by the New York pitcher.

Caught once applying illegal pine tar to his pitching hand in a game against the Red Sox, Pineda went unpunished. According to a report from ESPN’s Jon Heyman, the yankee response was NOT, “don’t do it again”, but rather “don’t get caught doing it”. But, then

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Pineda had another start against the Red Sox, and this time his illegal act was far more brazen, on clear view to hundreds of thousands of tv viewers. This time, his luck ran out, as he was tossed from that game, and then today awarded a richly deserved 10-game suspension.

What’s sad, is the pundits and players across the baseball world are saying this is common practice, but that the average, at least somewhat intelligence pitcher, unlike that “goofball” [Heyman's words] Pineda, knows something

about hiding their illegal stash. Baseball needs to spend some time and resources watching pitchers across baseball, and come down harder and harder on the cheats. Hitting a baseball is hard enough, and an additional illegal advantage, is not kosher.

The past week saw another group of starting pitchers suffer elbow ligament tears, ending their seasons. New York’s Ivan Nova, the Padres’ Josh Johnson, and Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore all got the word that they need Tommy John surgery. It’s gotten so bad, that

Tommy John himself has seen the need to comment, telling a reporter that 2014 is an epidemic year, with pitchers “going down left and right”. John went on to voice is opinion that what a pitcher does or does not do in the majors is irrelevant to suffering a torn ligament, but rather that, as I said a few weeks ago, its what they did years earlier as a kid, that eventually catches up to them. He said the arm was not meant to be used to throw pitches 12 months a year, from the
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age of seven or eight and on.

There was one more embarrassing sports moment this week, also in baseball. As supposed Chicago Cubs’ fans theoretically celebrated the 100th anniversary of the opening of historic Wrigley Field yesterday, only 32,000 spectators graced the friendly confines, leaving almost 10,000 seats empty. Around the country we hear a lot from vocal Cubs’ fans, including myriad celebrities who in unison voice their undying love for the lowly Cubbies. Yet, on the first day in decades that the franchise has had a reason to actually celebrate, the fans failed to show. As George Carlin would have concluded, “it’s a mystery.” Or is it?

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