Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Pineda says he had nothing but dirt on his hand

If you missed it earlier tonight, New York Yankees’ starting pitcher Michael Pineda appeared to have pine tar or some other substance on the heel of his pitching hand Thursday night as he pitched against the Boston Red Sox.

Pictured below:

Now we do not know what exactly is on his hand, and we do not know if he actually used whatever it is to illegally doctor baseballs, but I think we can all agree on one thing: that is definitely not dirt on his hand.

No, no. I said it was not dirt, for there is no way that the shiny, goopy substance pictured above is dirt.

OK then.

The Red Sox did not complain during the game, leading most to believe that Pineda was not doctoring the ball and therefore was not doing anything so terrible (no matter how jarring the visual was). But for him to say it was just dirt shows that he feels there is some reason to deny what it actually was. I’m not saying what that reason would be and I am definitely not suggesting that it means he is guilty of something illegal. But Pineda feels there is some reason to lie about it.

Because that’s definitely not dirt.

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