It was almost a year ago that Michael Pineda made it on "Good Morning America." His pine tar incident at Fenway Park was such a big deal that TV morning shows even talked about it. It is the type of infamy that can ruin a guy.
Instead, Pineda has done a nice job of putting that night behind him.
On Wednesday night, in his first start of 2015, Pineda will have to deal with the similar weather conditions that caused him to reach for the pine tar a year ago. The weather on Wednesday is supposed to be 42 with a 50 percent chance of rain.
On the nights that Pineda used pine tar against the Red Sox last April, the weather at first pitch was in the 50s. He came back -- after his upper back injury -- and pitched very well sans pine tar. He never, though, had to throw in elements like he should see against the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday.
Pineda may need to anchor the Yankee staff. Masahiro Tanaka's ace-hood is in question, while CC Sabathia has already relinquished such titles. The rest of the rotation features Nathan Eovaldi and Adam Warren.
Pineda's skills are the real deal. He is as talented as nearly any starter in baseball. He came into camp in great shape and dominated in camp, striking out 23 and walking one in 19 innings.
Last year, he finished 5-5 with a 1.89 ERA in 13 starts. This year, the Yankees need even more, which is why he may not be the worst thing that the seasons begins with a huge test.
Notes: The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey on Wednesday. ... Former first round pick, Ty Hensley, will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to Baseball America. Hensely has had terrible luck since being a Yankees' first round pick in 2012.