In general I don’t think it’s that big of a deal if they’re using it just for grip. It’s only a problem if it’s manipulating the pitch. But I was pretty annoyed last night simply because Pineda didn’t even try to hide it; it’s an unwritten rule that it’s fine as long as it’s not blatant, so when it was smeared all over his neck, the Sox needed to say something. And bonus: I feel like it’s added some needed fuel to the rivalry. It had been kind of dull for a few years but now with this & Ellsbury, it seems like it’s getting pretty intense again.