Michael Pineda: Ominous Start to Career with New York Yankees Continues

Brian BuckleyContributor IIAugust 21, 2012

March 20, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) in the dugout after he pitched the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Remember when most fans were split between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners on who got the better deal in the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero swap?

Remember when Yankees fans watched Pineda get season-ending surgery before Game 1 and then the answer became pretty clear?

Remember when Pineda was arrested for drunk driving while rehabbing in Tampa and the answer became a no-brainer?

Unfortunately, I remember all these things.

In a powerful attempt to rival Carl Pavano’s claim to having the worst beginning ever to a Yankees pitching career, young Michael Pineda is certainly holding his own.

During his 2:30 a.m. SUV ride near Steinbrenner field, the Yankees spring training facility, late Monday night, the 23-year-old completely neglected the fact that he had forgotten to turn on his headlights. 

At 3 a.m., he didn’t realize he had his lights on. Let that sink in.

In fact, according to the New York Post, in addition to forgetting that he needed to be able to see the road, he was traveling, so wrote the arresting officer, at “a high rate of speed and weaving from side to side, crossing the lane markers, failing to maintain [a] single lane of travel.”

Beautiful.

The New York Post also reported Pineda's version of events:

Pineda, 23, told The Post he’d knocked back just “three or four” whiskeys with cranberry juice over “three or four” hours.

Sounds believable, right?

That, sir, is grade-A crap.

Pineda is 6'7" and weighs in at 260 pounds; I highly doubt that alibi would hold up, even with Lionel Hutz cross-examining him.

While Pineda continues to dig a deeper hole for himself, Jesus Montero is batting .261 with 12 HR and 46 RBI for Seattle this year. Sounds decent, right?   

Read it again, because he’s outhitting Chris Stewart and Russell Martin.

Even more crazy is that the guy who couldn’t catch (That’s why he was traded: He didn’t have a position.) is the catcher in the Emerald City!

So, who got the better of this deal again?

 

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