Michael Pineda arrested for DUI in Tampa

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Via Dan Mangan, right-hander Michael Pineda was arrested for driving under the influence in Tampa early this morning. The 23-year-old has been rehabbing from his labrum surgery down at the team’s Spring Training complex all summer.

“(He) had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy … I could smell a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred,” said the arresting officer. There’s nothing really to add here, Pineda’s an idiot and deserves whatever punishment he gets. Driving drunk is about as inexcusable as it gets.

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  • Al Davis

    bah humbug

  • swishers chickens

    Montero would of called for a taxi, good job cashman

    • MannyGeee

      Or, he woulda found a ride from someone in Tampa. He spent enough time down there in the minors being bored, he musta had a homie… Amirite??

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

        Montero would have called Freddy Garcia for emotional support.

    • jesse

      Or he would have called for a taxi.

      • http://yes jim

        Or Campos….he’s not busy either!

    • Sal

      *would’ve – don’t forget next time.

  • BenKdYank

    Ditto what Mike said, drunk driving deserves the maximum punishment. terrible consequences that can be so easily avoided.

    • Sayid

      Like murder, but without the murder part

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      Maximum punishment?

      The death penalty?

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Don’t put words in other people’s mouths. Mike didn’t say ‘maximum punishment’.

      • http://www.retire21.org first name only male – Retire 21

        I think it was just worded poorly. what he meant was that he agrees with Mike’s statement of DUI’s being un excusable and that he (BenKdYank) personally feels that it deserves the maximum penalty.

  • RE Junior

    been here before with Joba,just get sober and get ready to pitch in 2013

  • brian Stevens

    What a dumbass. Some of these athletes must never heard of a taxi cab. Its not like you can’t afford it.

  • Troll Hunter

    What a worthless POS!

  • Danny

    #characterissues #badmakeup #wewantjesusback

    I don’t understand Pineda at all, does he want everyone to hate him ?

  • the Other Steve S.

    Looks like his shoulder is better. Or would that be his elbow?

    • MannyGeee

      12 oz. curls = rehab assignment

      • Preston

        Worked for David Wells

  • Rich in NJ

    I hated this trade on the day it was made and nothing that has happened since has made me hate it less.

    • RetroRob

      Montero’s .690 OPS, lousing catching, inability to hit righthanders and swing at anything away, leading to a negative WAR over the first five months, has softened the blow somewhat.

      • blake

        would you rather have a 22 year old with a .344/.394/.544/.938 slash vs LHP and a .299..352/.436/.787 overall slash in the 2nd half……or a drunk driver with a torn labrum?

        choice is pretty clear right now…..

        • RetroRob

          I’d rather have a healthy player. Montero wins that easily.

          I think Montero will improve, although what I’ve seen of him and some of the re-evalutions on him pretty much confirm he was overrated. It’s unlikely he’d be playing for the Yankees this year.

          Would I like him back? Sure, but just so he’d be available to trade for something else.

          • The Real Greg

            Plus John Jaso will be fighting Montero for playing time.

            • JohnnyC

              I’d rather have Jaso right now.

              • blake

                Jaso isn’t 22 years old or a rookie.

                • Bob Buttons the Cat

                  He is a catcher.

              • RetroRob

                Yeah, really, how did Tampa mess up on that one.

            • DM

              They might both be fighting Zunino for playing time next year. Montero is already working out at 1st.

      • Rich in NJ

        Not really. If for example, you agree with Girardi that Ichiro’s stats have been constrained by Safeco then it’s reasonable to think that Montero, with his RF power which was perfect for YS, has been as well.

        Away splits: .323 .357 .480 .837

        The trade sucks more, not less.

        • The Real Greg

          That’s kind of why I was good with the trade. I knew Jesus would struggle in Safeco. Plus I knew why Cashman did it.

          And it has not affected either team at all.

          • blake

            Even if this was his role this year…..You wouldn’t rather have Montero platooning at DH than Jones right now?

            • Cris Pengiucci

              Unfortunately, my answer is yes. But I’d still rather have a healthy Pineda.

              • Rich in NJ

                Me too, so he could be traded for a young position player.

            • RetroRob

              It wasn’t and still isn’t an option. The Yankees needed an OFer to fill that spot. We can sit back now and see what Montero has done over the past five months and now decide to slot him in only against LH’d pitchers, but in reality he’d be down in AAA.

              His trade value would still be high, but maybe not. If he was on his third straight season at AAA and futzing along with another .280ish season, then his value would have decreased. It had last year up until his hot September.

              When the Montero trade was made it was going to take four or five years before anyone could claim to have “won” the deal. Right now Seattle is clearly ahead because they have a warm body they can put on the field, even if that warm body has contributed negatively.

              • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                Montero’s numbers better or worse than Martin’s?

                • Laz

                  Problem with montero is that he isn’t really a good catcher.

                • RetroRob

                  Worse. Martin still rates a positive WAR as a player. Montero doesn’t. Glove based. Montero is that bad. He’s not a catcher.

                  • Steve

                    I don’t know about your stance specifically, but most people here demonize citing WAR and especially citing it in relation to the defensive component. Though, conveniently, those objections are dropped when you can shoehorn it into the narrative.

                    • thenamestsam

                      You shouldn’t take it as a be-all and end-all because defensive numbers are far from perfect. But when they fit with all other available information I don’t think using them counts as shoehorning into the narrative. Scouts have disparaged Montero’s defense his entire career, and the Mariners are currently working on finding him a new position. I think it’s fair to think his defense there is bad enough to make Martin rate higher.

                    • DT

                      Looking simply at offense for the year, there is not much difference between the two.

          • Rich in NJ

            The Yankees wouldn’t be better off this season with a RH DH/part-time catcher like Montero hitting like he has on the road, let along the next ten years? Or alternatively, they would have a valuable trade chip for something they really need, a young impact bat?

            So I couldn’t disagree more.

          • Dean Winters

            And it has not affected either team at all.

            ———————-

            What??

            One guy is hurt and is coming back from shoulder surgery.

      • Dean Winters

        True but at least he’s playing and not driving under the influence.

  • RetroRob

    I knew it was a mistake for the Yankees to assign Bob Lorenz as his mentor.

    Seriously, hopefully this is an isolated instance, although generally people don’t get caught the one and only time they cross the line. Make it serve as a wake-up call.

    The Yankees do look at the character of their minor leaguers and players. This may not be a deal breaker, but couple it with his less-than-stellar conditioning this past ST, and I’m sure it’s raised a few eyebrows.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      Could be worse. They could assigned Luis Polonia.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      I just heard something terrible. Mo is going to install his pool!

  • Eddard

    I’d kick him off the team. Send a message that this type of behavior is not tolerated. This trade is looking worse and worse by the day. Montero has not performed well, but we could have used him to trade for a player that is actually useful and not injured and getting drunk all the time. CC, Kuroda, Hughes, Phelps, Nova. We’ve already got plenty of guys that can start for us next season and don’t cause trouble.

    • MannyGeee

      double standareds FTW. Joba got a stern talking to, nothing more or less.

      • Erica

        Errrr… I think drunk driving is far worse than jumping around on a trampoline with your kid and busting an ankle.

        • Rich in NJ

          Or taking PEDs.

        • pat

          Joba got a DUI too.

          • Erica

            Yup, just realized that. See below.

            • pat

              I refuse.

              • Erica

                Scroll I say, SCROLL!

        • MannyGeee

          Joba got busted for DUI before the TJS or ankle incident…

          http://articles.nydailynews.co.....tendinitis

          • Erica

            Yeah, I had forgotten about that for a split-second. Womp.

      • RetroRob

        Exactly. He hasn’t done anything for the Yankees so tough stance time. If he was someone liked, people would be offering to drive him to rehab so he’s ready for opening day.

      • Erica

        Oh. Nvm. I thought you were referring to Joba from this year.

        • MannyGeee

          no, the Joba stuff from this year was a freak accident. That I’m OK with, all told

    • jjyank

      Noooooo. I’d like the Yankees to actually get value from him on the field. Disciplined, sure.

    • Evan3457

      Kick him off the team? Just burn whatever value he can still gather?
      That’s pretty…uh…not bright.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. I’m willing to bet 99% of the people posting here have done exactly what Pineda has done. Repeatedly.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      Can we kick you off this blog for crimes against our intelligence?

      • Get Phelps Up

        No way. Eddard provides too much unintentional humor.

        • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

          I know but, if he’s talking punishing crimes, Jesus. :)

  • Adizzle

    I hope he never pitches again. This scumbag deserves to be in jail forever.

    Almost lost a family member to a drunk driver. No one should have to go through that.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      He didn’t almost kill your family member. Nothing happened, bro.

    • DT

      Jail forever? So a kid driving drunk and not actually hurting anyone is the same as a murder?

  • pat

    He’s an asshole just like every other pro athlese who decides to be an asshole and drink& drive. Cash haters are going to love this.

  • CountryClub

    Lucky for him he didn’t hurt anybody. Lucky for the yanks he didn’t hurt himself.

    Until he proves me wrong, I’ll just assume he made the same idiotic mistake that many people in their early 20’s make and that he’s learned his lesson and it won’t happen again.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I have the same outlook. Not acceptable, but let’s hope this is the end of it.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        +1. We all need to learn lessons in life. Fortunately no one was hurt. Let’s hope he learns quickly from this one.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      So well said. I am so against driving while drunk, but truth be told I did it once while I was 18 almost 30 years ago. I was lucky to not get pulled over, get in an accident, or worse hurt someone. I was a college kid making $4 an hour. I vowed I would not do it again and have not. The thing that gets me here is that he’s making half a mil this year. Where’s the brain? That’s a lot of money to have and not hire a ride home.

  • Erica

    *slow clap* Good going, buddy.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    What a dumb bitch.

  • richie

    I’ve lost my sister to a drunk driver and as much anger I have to hear this he is young and I really hope he gets the proper help that he needs. This doesn’t make me dislike him it just angrys me that athletes keep driving drunk. There supposed to be role models but lets all pray he gets help and the punishment he deserves

    • Knoxvillain

      I disagree. Athletes shouldn’t be role models. Parents, teachers, family members, people like that should be role models. Not some guy because he can throw a baseball 100 mph or hit a baseball 450 feet.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        While I agree with your stance, I would take it just a bit further and point out that as a well payed professional athlete, he should be able to easily pay for a way home. The MLB Players’ Union would do well to drill this into the head of every one of it’s members.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          well paid (not even sure what well payed is).

      • jjyank

        But they are role models to many people, that’s just the way it is.

        • Knoxvillain

          That’s the problem, unfortunately. Athletes do not automatically equal good people.

          • jjyank

            Right, of course not. They can be a positive influence though. Bernie was my role model as a little kid, and I still admire the calm professionalism he carried himself with.

          • CP

            Neither do “Parents, teachers, family members, people like that”.

        • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

          That’s because parents are lazy.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    Ugh. It’s even more unforgivable when you haven’t contributed to the team all season.

    • pat

      No, not really.

  • The Real Greg

    Media isn’t talking it up, so it’s probably nothing serious. As long as he didn’t go Brien Taylor.

    I mean, look at how Miguel Cabrera responded.

    • RetroRob

      The more talented the player, the more forgivness granted.

      It applies to all areas of life.

      MLB does need tougher penalties for these type of offenses, but they should also help the players just as businesses do.

      A players gets a 50-game suspension for taking a substance that might help their performance on the field, he gets a slap on the wrist for risking his life and others on the road.

      • Laz

        Alcohol doesn’t help the players. MLB takes a stance on steroids because they have an impact on the game. At the same time they simply allow the law enforcement to make the decision.

        • RetroRob

          Doesn’t mean they can’t do it, and they probably eventually will.

    • Curved Slightly

      Miguel Cabrera is also a household name. Pineda is and will continue to be a blip on the radar.

  • Billy

    Well this in’t the NFL. Selig turns a blind eye and kicking him off the team would never stand with the PA. Just let him get rides from Derek Lowe.

    • Eddard

      Maybe it should be the NFL. Bud Selig is a sorry leader. Grow a pair and suspend Melky Cabrera indefinitely for lying to you and making a mockery of the league’s drug policy. And start suspending these guys who get in vehicles under the influence. They could kill someone and then, and only then, will something be done about it and that’s a shame.

      • RetroRob

        Nice words.

        He doesn’t have the ability to do that. It’s one of many reasons the Players’ Union exists.

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    To be fair, you’d be drinking heavily too if you had to spend your entire summer in Tampa. Especially with that bridge of death staring you in the face everyday.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      “Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.”

      • http://CubanC123@yahoo.com CubanC

        WHAT… is your favorite color?

  • vin

    At least it wasn’t PEDs.

    Sincerely,
    Major League Baseball

    • RetroRob

      +1

  • keithr

    He was arrested a block away from my apartment at 3:11 AM. http://goo.gl/TKS1X

    • keithr

      I lied. Turns out that is his address. We’re neighbors!

      • Eddard

        Then we’re counting on you to go over there and knock some sense into the kid. God forbid the Yankees have someone down there watching over the kid. If they do, that person should be fired immediately.

        • thenamestsam

          Why in god’s name would they have someone follow him around? Does your employer have someone follow you around on a Sunday night to make sure you don’t drink too much?

          • Cris Pengiucci

            Gotta love Eddard. He gives us so much to talk about.

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

            We did send someone to watch Eddard’s every move. His name is Big Member. He’ll report in tonight.

        • keithr

          This area is the biggest nightlife/party area in Tampa. Bit too tempting for a bored 23 year old making $500k per year. I’d probably be dead if I had that much money. Then again, at least now he can still walk to the bars!

    • MannyGeee

      atta way to not be a team player, dick.. you shoulda got up and given him a ride home.

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        IETC

    • Hummingbird Saltalamacchia

      At least his weight is down to 260 :/

      • MannyGeee

        Bartolo Colon takes offense

      • RetroRob

        That’s part of the problem. He was still drinking for a 300 pound man!

  • Rey22

    It’s the trade that keeps on giving!

  • MannyGeee

    “(He) had a fixed gaze and his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy … ”

    Maybe he just got caught up watching a Two and a Half Men marathon?

    • Mr. RSU

      hahaha this

  • Heisenberg’s Hat

    This is so depressing. I find it very hard to forgive drunk driving, ever.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    The Yankees need to establish a rehab facility in Siberia.

    Too much fun stuff to do in Florida. You never hear of anyone getting a DUI driving a snowmobile.

    Pineda is on his way to becoming another Pavano at this point.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      He’s going to fuck Alyssa Milano?

      • Cris Pengiucci

        I’ll volunteer for that position (any position she wants me in, for that job!)

        • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

          I find moms so much more sexier now.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        I bet you disappointed Erica with that kind of language.

        • jjyank

          Who cares? Plouffy FIP’d her first anyways.

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

            Yeah, dude. Married with kid. I’m all talk and no game.

            • jjyank

              I know, I know. Just trying to make my FIP meme relevant.

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

                I might get permission if it was Alyssa Milano, though.

                Would certainly get a free pass for Shirley Manson, even if she’s in her mid-40’s now.

    • CP

      Actually, people do get DUIs on snowmobiles. The only reason it’s not more is because cops don’t hang around in the woods in the middle of winter waiting for a drunk snowmobiles to go by. More often the drunk ones just run into a tree.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Shit. Well, everyone makes mistakes. Let’s see how he responds to it before we give up on him completely.

    • Mr. RSU

      +1

  • forensic

    Well, at least his left arm apparently works to pound the drinks, since his right arm, brain, heart, and legs don’t seem to work.

  • Mr. RSU

    Dumb, dumb decision making obviously but I hate to see the inevitable overreaction from this. Beat writers and the like are gonna KILL him for this and even Cashman too. Obviously DUI is serious but as we saw with Joba (who was older and pitching in the bigs, not stuck in Tampa rehabbing, not playing, under scrutiny [although joba was under scrutiny too I guess] etc) you can come back from it. It’s how you handle the aftermath. He’s not gonna lose his roster spot for this, hell no. At the least he’ll get what Joba got and since he’s not playing IDK if they’ll suspend him without pay? Who knows.

    Kid will (hopefully) learn from this because its a serious stumbling block in life. As for the “trade gets worse and worse each day” stuff, before this he wasn’t pitching and Jesus is struggling and as we all know, this trade is going to take a LONG time to be evaluated. Maybe not so long if all 4 continue to seriously underperform/not even play. He still needs to heal his shoulder and focus on getting back to the bigs where we will then FINALLY see how he performs in pinstripes. That is when we can START to scrutinize on the field stuff.

    And oh how I hope he comes out of the gate proving people wrong and staying healthy *knocking on wood until spring training next year*

    • jjyank

      Agreed. As far as I’m concerned, this has zero to do with the trade. I hate that this happened and I hope like crazy he learns from it. But, I won’t change my opinion of him or the trade until I see what happens down the road.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Great!!! Another alcoholic injury prone flame thrower.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    What was his BAL?

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      Why do I get the feeling this is going to lead to an analysis no one asked for from Officer McNulty?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Meh. DUIs in general are over stated. I know a chick that went to a Mexican restaurant with a friend had literally two beers, got pulled over for a busted tail light and got a DUI. Two fucking beers and she was over the limit and her life is significantly changed over two fucking beers. It’s a shame that she’s treated the same way that Jason Kidd (who drove into a fucking forest) is treated. I don’t know Pineda’s situation, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

        • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

          I agree and disagree. I am not a “throw the book at them” kind of person in the least and am married to a criminologist who basically believes in prison abolition. The prison system in this country is so fucked up and tied to big business….you know the deal and, if you’re reading this and don’t know it, read about it.

          However, I do think there should be some sort of pain felt by someone who potentially endangers the life of others by getting behind the wheel with their faculties compromised enough, as well as a deeper look as to whether this is a symptom of a bigger problem with the individual.

          Should the Yankees do something here? No clue. I’d say don’t resume baseball activities until there’s been a solid substance use assessment or something, but I’m talking out my ass here.

          No clue as to BALs. I’ll trust you on this one.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            I’m not for prison abolition, but I do agree that the prison system and the criminal justice system have lost sight of what they’re there for.

            • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

              Well not many people will be. It’s a pretty radical position.

              Like I said, though…..I’m not here to argue the merits of the position. Just giving a bit of background as to where I come from.

          • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

            Prison abolition?

            Is she in favor of setting up a system like “Escape from New York” because I can’t believe anyone wants criminal roaming the streets unpunished with the rest of civilized society.

            • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

              I think there’s a whole lot of grey area between what we have now and “Escape from New York.”

              I am so NOT getting into this on here.

              • Darren

                You already did.

                • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

                  Well that settles it.

                  • Darren

                    I agree. Case closed.

  • Ro

    I’ll play devils advocate and try to look at the bright side. While this is a tremendous bummer to read about, perhaps something good can come out of it and maybe someone (a player or manager) – or his mother can really give him a stern talking. Maybe set him straight and realize that he has an opportunity that only a handful of people get and that is to be a major league starter for the New York Yankees. Maybe the guy will have an epiphany and open his eyes and work harder from here.

    • jjyank

      I very much hope you’re right. It’s certainly plausible.

      • Ro

        It’s not the first time a very talented athlete bottoms out before they realize their full potential. With the support of someone who evidently has a mother who plays a big role in his life along with the massively classy and professional Yankees, I think this kid comes around. This is a serious issue (DUI) and he deserves to lose his license for sure, but outside of that, this is common even among us mortals.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    I have made a similar mistake in my life as Pineda. Everyone makes mistakes, people need to relax. Don’t throw stones if you live in a glass house.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Agreed. DUI laws are pretty dumb IMO. If you can’t handle a car at .10 you shouldn’t be on the road period. There’s very little ways for most drivers to check if they’re sober before they actually go on the road. There is this fantasy that if you have any amount of alcohol you shouldn’t be on the road, but that’s completely devoid of any acknowledgement of reality. People can handle a car after a couple of drinks. If it’s three AM what’s the big deal? I agree if you’re over .15 they should throw the book at you, but .08? Really? People are supposed to know when they’re at .08? Please.

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

        OK. That actually wasn’t what I feared from you when you asked for him BAL.

        • Jimmy McNulty

          I really can’t stand the sanctimonious MADD crowd or any group of people that tries to write laws and rules for society that are divorced from reality using a pathos appeal. Yeah I’m sure there’s people who kill others in car crashes at .08 and below. Guess what? There’s people that kill people in car crashes while driving completely sober too. At a certain point you have to realize that there’s shitty drivers out there and some people are dangerous regardless of their alcohol intake. On the other hand, there’s people, such as myself, who can handle a drink or two. We shouldn’t suffer because of the other shitty drivers. If MADD/SADD were really concerned with road safety they’d work harder get senior citizens off the road.

          • 28 this year

            That limit is somewhat arbitrary although it has some idea that thats a level at which the impairment of alcohol really can do something, without a number, the law is harder to enforce. Beyond that, you’re assertion that you can handle things more than others is the fundamental problem because people always think they are better than they are. The reason drunk driving is such a problem is it has nothing to do with putting yourself in danger but rather the people on the road. Drunk driving is a preventable problem which is why its fair to target it vs the old people thing. I dont necessarily agree with every law but the fundamentals of this should be in place and enforced because thats the job of the law, to protect people from those who mean harm which is what this law does. Whether its carried out perfectly is tough to say but with the court system and legal loopholes the way they are, without a limit, its impossible to enforce the law.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              I don’t think my tolerance is better than everyone but I do have a higher tolerance than someone who just had their first drink. I agree with the laws in principle and the days where the limit was .15 in some states were probably bad, but I think the pendulum has shifted too far the other way now. Here’s my suggestion:

              .08-.11: 400 dollar ticket, takes up a third the license “points” alotted. Your car gets towed and you either have to call a cab home or spend the night in jail. So a cab ride home and to the chop shop is about a hundred bucks and it’s about 150 to get your car out of tow (at least where I live). It’s a hell of a fine and you certainly learn your lesson, but you get to drive the next day and since you weren’t really that bad you still get to contribute to society.

              .12-.15: Usual DUI sentence. Six months suspended license, after that the intoxibox, increased insurance, the works. That’s about 5-7 grand right there.

              .16 and over: The book. 30 days mandatory jail sentence, 1000 hours of community service, full license suspension for one year, intoxibox for two years, increased insurance, everything.

              I think that still protects people but it’s more just towards those who had “one too many.”

      • Betty Lizard

        Oh christ in a handbag, but your comment is so full of ignorance and misinformation its shameful. May I never, ever, ever be anywhere on a street or highway, in a car or on foot, when you are driving.

        Yes, there are physical impairments. Yes, they are measurable. Yes, people can get killed, even at 3AM. Yes, it’s easy to check if you’re sober before you go on the road. For starters, ask yourself: have you had any alcohol? How much? Over what time period?

        • Jimmy McNulty

          Yes, there are physical impairments. Yes, they are measurable. Yes, people can get killed, even at 3AM. Yes, it’s easy to check if you’re sober before you go on the road.

          I don’t really recall saying that none of these things exist. There’s a difference between someone who had “one too many” and Jason Kidd, who needed someone to help him into his car, drove into a fucking tree, backed up and then drove into the forest.

          Yes, it’s easy to check if you’re sober before you go on the road. For starters, ask yourself: have you had any alcohol? How much? Over what time period?

          So lets say you’re about 6’2 and 220, lets say you’ve had three vodka redbulls and two long islands over a five hour period. That’s about eight beers. You should be fine right? Well, if you if it’s not your first time drinking you should be able to handle that and still function at close too full capacity and get home safely. If you are at all impaired you can adjust your driving style to deal with the impairment. In heavy traffic people usually slow down and exercise caution, if you’re in that grey area where the buzz just wore off you probably shouldn’t be going ten over. You may be safe on the road, yet still over the legal limit.

          • 28 this year

            There is a difference and they are punished to different severities. In a court case, .09 is treated differently than .40 for that reason. The fact is, being impaired is an issue that should be dealt with.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              Well that’s an extreme case. But my friend that had two beers and got a DUI gets the same penalty of someone that was at .15. A lot of this depends on the state, but a plurality of the jurisdictions .15 and below is the same thing and .16 and above is an aggravated DUI. I have sympathy for those who had the “one too many” and think the law should too. I think if you’re above .16 you really ought to know, and should suffer harsh consequences.

          • forensic

            Just wow, at some of your comments. You really need a wake up call at the results of doing something like this, at whatever ‘BAC’ it is.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              I’m guessing you need to drink more often. Reading this:

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_alcohol_content

              Their little chart is quite a bit off. I’ve actually tested the chart things with myself and my own reactions. Where the chart says I should be at .10 and above I’m able to walk a straight line, speak clearly (well as clearly as I usually do), get boners, and my reaction time is fine.

              • forensic

                Actually no, I’m just smart enough to not drink when I’m out without someone who is driving. I’d like to hear your opinion after someone with ‘one too many’ jumps the median and smacks into you or a family member, but that likely wouldn’t be possible because you/they probably wouldn’t survive, so we won’t go there.

                I also won’t comment on why most people have a breathalyzer in their car.

                But, since you went there with me, I’m guessing you need to drink less though.

                • Jimmy McNulty

                  You realize if you’re a shitty enough driver to kill someone or get into a car accident after “one too many” you’re pretty much dangerous on the road period, right? The vast majority of fatal DUI accidents happen when someone is WELL over the limit, not just after a drink too many.

                  Drink less? Some nights, yeah, but I keep it under control. I’ve been on therapeutic doses of ibuprofen and gave up booze no problem for a period of time, I’ve also walked into parties where I knew I had to be the responsible one and had no issue. When I go to sporting events or concerts I never drink because it’s too goddamn expensive. So I’d say I can keep it in check when I need too.

                  I mean how could someone who hasn’t experienced what it’s like to be blitzed beyond bad judgement know what it’s like? It always seemed like men dictating issues on women’s reproductive rights, people who know nothing about the issue making the decisions.

            • Jimmy McNulty

              And I actually do carry a breathalyzer in my car.

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

                I keep it down my pants to trick the ladies.

                • jjyank

                  Okay, now breathe on it for 10 seconds….theeeeere we go.

                  • Jimmy McNulty

                    It only takes you ten seconds? Nice…

  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

    Ah, the wound reopens again.

    He fucked up. Let him pay whatever debt to society he has to pay. We’ll see him next year, and I hope he learns his lesson. End of story.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      The most reasonable thing I’ve read in this comment section.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I don’t think he’s a bad person, just a bad acquisition. An inconsistent and injury prone one.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      To be honest I tend to forget that Pineda is still on the team when considering the Yankees’ long term options. This reminded me that he does exist and I’m still mad that he’s not pitching.

  • Get Phelps Up

    What more is there to say? He made a stupid mistake, and his first year with the Yankees is not going well by any means. However to declare him done and incapable to contribute to the Yankees for the next 4 years because of a rough beginning to his Yankee career is stupid. He’s 23. Give the guy a chance to learn his lesson and contribute next year and for years to come.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso
  • tabbert

    People on here are pretty damn judgemental. Calling for the head of a 23 year old kid who made a mistake? Drunk Driving is no worse than texting and driving and I am sure half the people on here have done that at some point or still do. Should he have called a cab? Yes. Pretty easy to tell someone else what they should have done after they make a mistake. No one else on here made a massive mistake that they were ashamed of? Get off your high horses. Drunk Driving is stupid… but it Not murder, rape, robbery.. so come off it.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      “Drunk Driving is no worse than texting and driving …”

      Really? They’re both stupid acts. But yes, one IS worse than the other.

      • tabbert

        More accident per year from texting and driving than drinking and driving. So, like i said… if you have ever texted while driving then you should get off your high horse.

        • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

          I actually find texting while driving absolutely maddening and, while I’m not fact-checking your stat here, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to hear that was true, if it is.

          • tabbert

            Texting While Driving Causes:

            1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
            2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
            3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
            4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

            • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

              Yup. Not surprised. DUI is the easier thing to talk about because we’ve spent so much time (rightfully) demonizing it.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      BUT HE COMMITTED SIN. OFF WITH HEAD!

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

        Obviously, chop off his hands.

        /Taliban’d
        /Eddard’d
        /Whatwethinkofwhatevertheopposingpoliticalparty’d

        • herby

          That’s a little rough…but perhaps a testicle…that way he can still pitch…and he’ll certainly think twice about doing it again…Still another example of stellar work of the Yankee Brain Trustless…such great background work with this guy…

          • jjyank

            What? Are you saying they should have known that he’d get a DUI months after trading for him?

            • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

              Anyone who says “I like too cook” in his first interview is obviously a drunkard.

            • herby

              They should do their homework a little better…he had problems at the end of last season, his weight was ballooning in the offseason, he had a reputation of not being the hardest worker. That points to the signs of someone not being that responsible and expecting things to come easily. I think Cashman was just dying to make a deal with Montero…how many times did he try to trade him? The fans loved him in Seattle…he was seen as the heir to the throne…Now we’ll see if he’s even worthy to flush it…
              I still go with my original idea…no one wants to lose the ability to throw that, “high hard one.”

              • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

                I’d like to see a copy of your resume, “herby.”

                • herby

                  It includes sportswriter/photographer….

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      My sister was hit by a drunk driver. She was walking home from high school in the middle of the day, and the driver jumped the curb and crushed her legs against a chainlink fence. She’s paralyzed from the waist down.
      The driver was 22, in your mind still a “kid.” This “kid” was driving at twice the legal limit, and came within a hair’s breadth of taking my sister from me forever. He lost his license for 1 year. The judge went easy on him, because it was a first offense and “people make mistakes.”

      But please, tell me again how I need to get off my high horse. I love hearing that.

      • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

        I’m really sorry that happened to your family. I also think there is a line here as far as what we can generalize and what we can consider appropriate punishment for x behavior. I’m not saying you’ve crossed it, specifically, as I’m not scrolling up while I write this to find your comments, but this is the type of subject in which people do often take liberty to take it a bit too far. Just reading the subject header and number of comments is like a big “WARNING” sign here.

        • Heisenberg’s Hat

          All that I said earlier was that it was very depressing and that I find it difficult to forgive drunk driving. For obvious reasons. I’m depressed because Pineda IS very young, and he’s an integral part of my favorite team going forward. I want him to do well. I also want him not to drive drunk anymore. I don’t know what the answer is, it’s just troubling to me.

          I think it’s annoying to get a lecture about “high horses” when this is a very serious subject. I don’t like seeing people make excuses for the unacceptable behavior of athletes.

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

            It doesn’t sound like it’s directed at you, though. I think what you’re saying is incredibly reasonable.

      • tabbert

        I am very sorry to hear about your sister. I am not saying that i condone drinking and driving, and i obviously realize how serious it is. Obviously the judge in this case was a complete moron. My ” get of your high horses” comment was directed towards people that have ever texted, or still do text and drive. Believe it or not, that is a even bigger problem these days. SO, just because they have never been caught, or gone to jail, they are still guilty of a equally stupid offense.

        • tabbert

          Texting While Driving Causes:

          1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
          2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
          3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
          4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

          Texting While Driving Is:

          1. About 6 times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated
          2. The same as driving after 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
          3. The number one driving distraction reported by teen drivers

          Texting While Driving:

          1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
          2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
          3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
          4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
          5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road

          • Heisenberg’s Hat

            I agree, texting while driving is also stupid and selfish. Incredibly stupid and selfish. I would say there’s one difference with that: someone who texts and drives doesn’t get into the car knowing how dangerous it is. They’re probably not planning on doing it, it just happens. It’s still dumb, and it’s still selfish, but you can at least see how it could happen spur of the moment.

            Someone who drives drunk KNOWS they’re impaired when they get behind the wheel, and they do it anyway. It’s really crazy to me when it’s rich people who could just call a cab or car service.

            Anyway, I’m willing to forgive Michael Pineda. No one was hurt (this time) and I hope he has learned his lesson. He still has a long way to go to get to Leonard Little territory. I just pray this was a one time thing.

            • tabbert

              I know that someone who drives drunk might know that they are doing it… but their reasoning skills are that of a five year old. The tricky thing with DUI is that there is so many different circumstances. I just hope he learns from this, and uses this experience to better himself as a person.

          • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

            Like I said above, a lot of time and money has been spent rightfully demonizing DUI. It’s a bit harder to separate ourselves from these facts, though.

            I’m starting to miss the “SHOULDAZ KEPT DAH MONTERO” argument.

    • vinny-b

      well said. Of course, everyone on the internet is perfect. Including the author of this post.

  • DM

    I wonder if Bob Lorenz will be on the YES pre-game reporting this news.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      …..complete with growing Pinnochio nose.

  • Manimal

    Driving drunk is bad enough, but the “red bloodshot eyes” part leads me to believe he was smoking pot as well. Driving high isn’t bad at all but driving drunk and high is insanely dangerous

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      I heard he visited a head shop in Jersey and bought something off a guy named “Plouffy.”

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Thanks for your scientific input,

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Forget his BAC what was his V-LO????? Because that’s the important question.

  • CS Yankee

    Stupid idiot, for those that say they can drive drunk…you’re even more stupid that this 23 year-old lazy, gifted pitcher.

    He was weaving and didn’t have his headlights on…meaning that he was tanked and didn’t give a shit about what would have likely happened if he was not pulled over.

    He should serve some time, get a big fine, get educated and hit the gym. He will likely have his agent & his agents attorney handle it, while wondering if he should get in shape or grab another cheeseburger and bourbon.

    /hereshopingi’mwrongonhisconditioninganddesire’d

  • J.R.

    I’m not defending his actions, but he is not alone in this one.

    According to MADD, over 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. It equals 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the U.S.

    He made a bad decision just like every person on this blog. Let’s not pretend it is the end of the world.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      MADD started off as a useful thing, but is now out of control. Just like unions.
      They accomplished their goal, but they have to keep stirring up shit to keep the money rolling in. They keep lowering and lowering the limit. You can’t even have a glass of wine with dinner anymore.
      Enough, already.

      • vinny-b

        exactly.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        BUT if someone is driving DRUUUNK, they are shitty. Especially a rich athlete. Call a damn cab.

  • chuck

    I have no way to prove it but i think montero would be having a much better season if he had been on the yankees.
    Pineda is a good pitcher.. but the way he wears his hat he looks like a dip shit. Lets hope he doesn’t kill himself.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      …….and CUT!

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      Sabathia wears his hat to the side, I guess that means we should put him on suicide watch?
      I hope no one ever lets you in charge of a baseball roster.

      • chuck

        I didn’t mean to say his hat was going to lead to him getting hurt.. but rather his drunk driving. I am not sure I would have resigned CC.. and his hat slant is nowhere near the same level as Pineda. The Pineda trade well I don’t know. Montero taking curtain calls in september is almost as annoying as Pinedas hat.

  • Darren

    When they made the trade, this is what I said

    “I hate this trade. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pineda tears his labrum and gets busted for DUI in August, while Montero has a decent year for a rookie and Martin fails to hit at all.”

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      Darren says:
      January 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      “I hate this trade. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pineda tears his labrum and gets busted for DUI in August, while Montero has a decent year for a rookie and Martin fails to hit at all. Then, some guy named Eddard will call for his dick to be chopped off.”

      • Darren

        That’s crazy! How would I be able to predict what Eddard would call for? I barely know who’s gonna win tonight (Yanks 8-3)

  • HW7

    I don’t care about his bloodshot, watery eyes. How was his fastball?

    Moar MPH!!!

  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

    Did you hear? David Aardsma threw a bullpen today.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Does this mean he will manage the All-Star game next year???

  • tbord

    Pineda + Ankle Bracelet = Square Root of Campos – Montero

  • paul a

    SO FAR THIS TRADE IS LOOKING AS BAD AS JAY BUHNER. I’m not ready to call it a total bust because we have yet to see him pitch. If he dosn’t come back strong next season than Cashman deserves all the f bombs fans will throw at him. The good news is Montero isn’t exactly lighting up the league. But deals like this can take years before anyone can say who got the best of it, but right now its Seattle 1 Yankees 0

    • DT

      We’ve gotten 0 value for our guys, while Seattle has gotten overall negative value. It’s still 0 to 0

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      AND JAY BUHNER WAS ONE UGLY MOTHERFUCKER

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I thought I couldn’t hate this guy more. Fuck him.

  • High Horse Hatorade

    You judgmental bastards are as bad as Red Sox fans. Barely a word about Joba, not a word about Derek Lowe:

    http://www.ajc.com/sports/atla.....29396.html

    He’s had plenty of company just since Jan 1 this year: Miguel Cabrera, Coco Crisp, Austin Kearns, Shin-Soo Choo and Adam Kennedy.

    Let’s keep in mind he’s been *arrested*, not convicted. As far as I’m concerned, the story thus far is “Tampa cop arrests black guy for DUI, files boilerplate police report.”

    Let’s see how this plays out and what Pineda has to say.

    • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

      Shhhh. Don’t bust the narrative.

    • Heisenberg’s Hat

      The police will pull over anybody who’s driving at night with their lights off. Race is not a factor in their decision.

    • Voice of Reason

      not included in that list: the dozens of players who have driven drunk without being caught

    • herby

      This is happening now…but any professional athlete who is stupid enough to get a DUI when they could just call a cab deserves this treatment. Hell, they could call a member of management and they’d send them a limo.

      • Stan the Man

        Anyone who gets a DUI could have avoided it. Athletes aren’t immune to the bad decisions that plague all people.

  • Haywood Jablowmy

    This guy should start off in A ball after ST.

  • Robinson Tilapia aka Melky’s Webmaster

    My one regret here is that we never got to hear what Big Member thinks about this.

    PLEASE tell us during the game thread.

  • oldmanalex

    Seattle probably knew he was a raging alcoholic with a torn labrum.

  • http://www.bomberbanter.com/ jamie

    TWO WORDS:
    Carl. Pavano.

  • pistol pete

    This is and was a bad trade and it’s about time the Yankee fans stop belly aching about it. Pineda has character issues and Seattle probably knew it. Who gives up a high octane All Star caliber young major league pitcher under team control for five years for a Triple A DH. Seattle knew there was a hole in Pineda and it might not just have been in his shoulder.

    • Stan the Man

      He has character issues because he got a DUI 9 months after a trade? Is he the first athlete to get a DUI? Pineda is a 23 yrs old and 23 yr olds make mistakes from time to time. Getting arrested for anything isn’t good, but nothing outside of embarrasment happened, so Pineda and the Yanks can easily overcome this.

  • edmond

    Can we sue the mariners for giving us damaged goods?

    • herby

      Cashman would probably end up getting the Moose

  • Kramerica Industries

    Clemens, Coney, and Wells have to be givens.

    Jimmy Key and Doc Gooden? I fear Doc was an 80’s Cy Young winner. I’m also willing to throw Black Jack McDowell in there because of the White Sox, but I don’t remember him ever winning the Cy.