During HOPE Week, the Yankees were involved with kids from Camp Sundown in upstate New York. Those are the kids with XP, a disease that makes sunlight deadly.
The Yankees held a carnival after a game and Burnett stayed until after 3 a.m. to take part.
For most players, that would have been enough. But Burnett was so impressed with Camp Sundown’s mission that he decided to organize a unique fundraiser.
As you know, the Yankees award a WWE championship belt to the player of the game after every win. The started out using a toy belt before getting a real one sent to them by wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler.
A.J. took the original belt and is having every teammate sign it. It will then be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Camp Sundown. Once I get information on the fundraiser, I’ll post it on the blog.
This is yet another example of how Burnett the person has surprised the Yankees. They knew what kind of pitcher he was but the kind of teammate he turned out to be has been a very pleasant surprise.