Michael Pineda cheated again, and this time he got caught. In a start two weeks ago against the Red Sox, when the Yankees hurler was spotted sporting a dark substance on his palm, a substance he later claimed was dirt. No one believed him, and it was assumed he wouldn't pull the same trick again.
Yet in Pineda's very next start against Boston on Wednesday, he either tried to cheat again, or was bleeding sap:
This time, the Red Sox complained, and Pineda, naturally, got tossed.
I'm fine with Pineda getting thrown out. He was blatantly breaking the rules even after getting caught doing the same thing, and escaping punishment, once before. My issue, though, is with the response from around baseball.
The general consensus has been that it's acceptable for pitchers to use pine tar or other substances to better grip the ball in cold weather, but that they're supposed to be "discreet" about it. (Boston pitchers have been spotted with fishy smears on their gloves and arms before, too.) In other words: "Cheating is fine, just don't rub your opponent's nose in it."
The dinger-happy steroid era stigmatized baseball as a game full of cheaters. Conceding that rule-breaking is okay as long as you aren't too obvious about it undercuts the credibility MLB has since restored. If using pine tar is cheating, it's cheating no matter how secretive you are about it. And if players don't think it should be considered cheating, then get the dang rule off the books before goo-gate becomes the new PED moralizing. Jon Terbush
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.