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What the heck is pine tar anyway?

Apr 24, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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My entire life experience with pine tar is (a) watching George Brett go crazy after the famous pine tar game homer; and (b) seeing pitchers get in trouble for putting it on their hands. I really don’t know what pine tar is or what its non-baseball uses are.

Thank goodness for people who do. Like the folks at NBC News who explain here what the stuff actually is. Insert that old “The More You Know” graphic.

In other NBC News news, I will be on NBC Nightly News tonight talking about Michael Pineda and the pine tar junk. It’ll be the last segment, because The Man can’t handle me before 6:45. And I am wearing a tie, so you know it’s special. Anything for Brian Williams.

  1. linhsiu - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Remember your talking points

    —PEDs
    —Unwritten Rules suck
    —Barry Bonds in the HOF

    All these can some how be connected to pine tar if you try hard enough

  2. sfm073 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    I used it just bc I liked the smell.

    • gosport474 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      And I am just the opposite, I hate the smell of it.

    • beermakers - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      I like it for the taste.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    It’s the stuff that makes an ice cold glass of Retsina go down so well with your saganaki, grilled octopus and olive tapenade.

    • vivabear - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Felch away.

      • Old Gator - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        Continue to prove yourself irremediably vulgar and stupid.

  4. andreweac - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    What are Murray’s thoughts on a “blogger” being a guest on NBC Nightly News?

    Old, white male sportswriters are sharpening their pitchforks in disgust.

  5. chip56 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Actually Craig didn’t appear on the nightly news – they talked to Nick Cafardo and Pete Abraham instead.

    • ditto65 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Not @ u, chip, @ the message.

      • chip56 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        That’s cool – Craig may have a face for radio but he’s still better to look at than Cafardo and Abraham

  6. jdrew506 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Here is a question i have. National leauge pitchers bat, bats usually have pine tar on them and that pine tar is sticky and stays on the hands. Doesn’t that mean National leauge pitchers always have pine tar on their hands when they are pitching too? Not trying to be funny or snarky just kinda curious how that works.

    • 18thstreet - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Batting gloves.

  7. phillyphannnn83 - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Funny, for a second I thought you were going to tell us what pine tar was.

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