SportsNation Blog Archives New York Yankees
Pineda ejected for pine tar
Michael Pineda got caught with his hand in the pine tar jar on Wednesday night, as he was ejected after umpires spotted a foreign substance on his neck. Ejections for pine tar are rare -- this is only the fourth one in the past 10 years -- perhaps because the potential advantage offered doesn't completely seem worth the risk of ejection and suspension. It's certainly a less serious issue than other potential rules violations; everyone involved seems more embarrassed than angry or outraged. On Thursday, Pineda was suspended 10 games for the incident.
Reason for Red Sox to worry?
With a 3-2 victory Sunday night, the New York Yankees sealed a series win against the Boston Red Sox, taking three of four. This moved the Yankees into a tie for first atop the AL East (7-6), and pushed the Sox farther into last at 5-8. Now, it's early. Very early. But is it too early to start drawing conclusions about defending-champion Boston?
The year-long Derek Jeter retirement tour kicked off Wednesday night in Houston, where the Astros -- and several Houston-connected athletes -- feted the New York Yankees superstar on the field at Minute Maid Park.
And what would be a retirement party without gifts? Take a look at Jeter's haul: a pair of Yankees-themed cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a set of golf clubs (presented below alongside two-time major champion Mark O'Meara):
Images: Pat Sullivan/AP PhotoUSA TODAY Sports
Dodgers' payroll higher than NYY
Many never thought this day would come. But it has. Long considered the "Evil Empire" because of their massive payroll, the New York Yankees have been passed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Major League Baseball's list of highest combined player salaries. L.A.'s figure: $235 million. New York's? A "mere" $204 million. Does this change your view of the Yankees? Does baseball need a salary cap? Does money limit your enjoyment of winning?