New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using pine tar to aid his grip. ”It’s not like somebody sits you down and says, ‘Hey, dude, you should try this.’ You see things,” Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen said. ”And being around the game, you know things that can be done.” What stood out for many around the sport was how glaringly obvious the splotch of brown goo was on the side of Pineda’s neck. ”Wasn’t really subtle.” Hours before Washington hosted San Diego on Thursday night, a highlight package from Wednesday’s major league games was shown on the videoboard at Nationals Park, and a lengthy segment poked fun at Pineda’s easy-to-spot pine tar.
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