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Another Tough Start for A.J. Burnett, but Not According to Him

A.j. Burnett (Getty Images)

Almost every athlete goes through slumps. Its just part of the game. What is just as important as getting out of the slump is how you handle yourself during it. We know A.J. Burnett can’t pitch, but he has exposed another weakness: a dearth of gravitas. After another sub-par performance on Monday afternoon (4.0 IP, 9H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 2 HR), (although lets be honest, this actually might be considered a good start for Burnett) Burnett said:

“I didn’t get through the fifth because I wasn’t allowed to get through the fifth. It wasn’t that I couldn’t get through the fifth,” Burnett said of Girardi lifting him with a runner on second and none out in that inning …

“I thought I was nasty, to be honest with you. (Girardi) left me in there in the fourth and I got out of it. Joe does what he can to get this team a win and we won … But I felt good about myself until he took me out.”

Burnett’s post game comments might have been worse than his pitching performance, which is no easy feat to accomplish.

A.J. Burnett is the antithesis of a Yankee Player. He’s immature, overconfident, and is covered in tattoos. George Steinbrenner would have castigated Burnett out of town by now, but the current front office continues to coddle him.

What is important to realize is that Burnett is the worst kind of athlete to have on your team. He’s the guy with a lot of talent who really stinks. The pitcher with nasty stuff that produces minor league results. Everybody keeps saying that he’s really good, but somehow, he’s really bad.

I wanted to make it through the season without criticizing Burnett, because it’s vapid. Yankee fans can deal with Burnett being a bust, but not with his delusions of grandeur. Him not getting through five innings, then telling us he was “nasty.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, a German writer, once wrote “For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.” Burnett has taken these words to heart, and to the bank. He has stayed positive, but has lost touch with reality. His comments are exacerbating an already frustrating situation.

A side note: Although A.J. Burnett has struggled on the mound Yankee fans can take respite in the fact that he currently leads the league in pies thrown this season.

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3 comments for “Another Tough Start for A.J. Burnett, but Not According to Him”

  1. New Post: Another Tough Start for A.J. Burnett, but Not According to Him

    Posted by Sports of New York | September 20, 2011, 11:48 pm
  2. I agree with you that A.J.’s postgame comments were absurd and that he’s overconfident and maybe even delusional. However, as for him being the “antithesis of a Yankee player because “he’s covered in tattoos,” I have to disagree. Unless my eyes deceive me, so is our beloved ace, and Swish, Joba and several other Yankees also rock some ink…

    Posted by Caitlin | September 21, 2011, 10:03 am
  3. All are much understated compared to Burnett’s. Sabathia has a sleeve but you barely notice with how big his uniform is. I just find it funny how the Yankees have a hair and facial hair policy, but they allow you to cover your body in tattoos. They Yankees try to uphold this clean-cut image of their players but it seems antithetical if they all have tattoos.

    Posted by Justin | September 21, 2011, 10:36 am

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