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BREAKING NEWS: Burnett cut hands in act of frustration, lied to trainer about fall because he was “embarrassed”

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A.J. Burnett cut his hands in an act of frustration after the second inning today. He came into the clubhouse and slammed his hands against a set of double doors, cutting his palms on the plexi glass that holds the lineup card. Burnett said he was embarrassed and wanted to stay in the game so he told a trainer he had fallen.

“I was embarrassed of the situation,” he said. “I didn’t want that to be a reason why I came out of the game. I’m an honest person and I’m not going to lie to cover up something. That’s the reason, that’s the truth and I’m definitely not going to lie to this organization and these 25 guys in here who I play with everyday.”

Burnett was yanked before recording an out in the third. He admitted the truth and apologized to Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue after the game and said he will speak to his teammates tomorrow.

“The moral is that I let these guys down,” Burnett said.

Both Girardi and Burnett said the cuts were minor. He estimated they were no more than an inch or an inch and a half. He later took his hand out of his pocket and showed a small square bandage on the lower palm of his right hand. Both the pitcher and his manager said they expect Burnett will make his next start.

Girardi was not happy about the situation but said it was more important to move on than to continue to chide Burnett for his mistake.

“I’m not happy that he did it, but the fact is that me carrying anger over it’s not going to change what happened,” Girardi said. “My job is to make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s what I have to concentrate on. We have to make sure he’s OK for his next start. I had my talk with A.J. I did that. But I have to move on, too, and he has to move on.”

Burnett said he acted out in frustration following Reid Brignac’s home run. He was “all out of whack,” and it bothered him because he had appeared to figure it out over his last two starts, which coincided with the return of Dave Eiland.

“I think Joe thought it was affecting the way I was holding the ball. I think it affected me differently adrenaline-wise,” Burnett said. “Obviously when you snap like that you get your adrenaline going in the wrong direction. In my mind I came out because I was terrible today.”

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m.: I have uploaded the audio of Girardi and Burnett. Both start in the middle of an answer. They were both conducting postgame interviews at the same time, in part because the clubhouse opened late and Girardi was late to his press conference. It seems that Girardi was busy learning about what caused Burnett’s cuts.

The only player in the clubhouse who spoke to reporters was Curtis Granderson, who was unaware about why Burnett was pulled until reporters told him. So there will be plenty more on this tomorrow.

“They have all the right to wonder and to have their opinions and I would agree with them if they were angry because right now I’m pretty angry,” Burnett said of his teammates.

Girardi:

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For those who can’t listen to the entire clips, I have added a few key quotes above.

UPDATE, 9:04 p.m.: I have added quotes above, including Girardi’s opinion on why the club needs to move on rather than dwell on Burnett’s mistake.

 
 

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260 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Burnett cut hands in act of frustration, lied to trainer about fall because he was “embarrassed””

  1. Mark July 17th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    What a headcase

  2. Laura - Seth Everett sucks! July 17th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    AJ better be careful. NYY might try to move him.

  3. Michelle July 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    The usual bs with AJ. He is just like Joba. Loses his mechanics, can’t follow threw in his delivery and that leads to batting practice. It’s amazing how many years he has been pitching and he still gets out of whack all the time with his delivery. Maybe Eiland has to stand on the mound and hold his hand while he pitches.

  4. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Yeah, right – as Bob Lorenz said, there’s nothing to make us think he’s not going to pull this crap again.

    I despised Kevin Brown for punching the wall. I don’t hate AJ – I still like him a lot personally – but this behavior is ridiculous. I don’t care how contrite he is. If he had broken his hand, what good would an apology have done?

    Ugh, I’m so disgusted….

  5. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Of course he gets away with it….

  6. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    # mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    J isn’t soft. He simply hasn’t learned how to pitch and he got frustrated by his own ineffectiveness it happens.
    =======================
    well isn’t it about time he learned
    maybe he should talk to andy or cc
    they could learn him
    ======================================

  7. Nyyankfanken July 17th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Wow and this guy is a New York Yankee?

  8. raymagnetic July 17th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Mick,

    AJ is what he is at this point. He’s inconsistent and he’s untradeable.

    With AJ you just have to hope he figures it out when they need him.

  9. Truth or Dare July 17th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    # Truth or Dare July 17th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    AJ s the 5th starter on this team.
    Give me CC, Andy, Phil or Javy any day over this guy. He is always up and down. Can never limit the damage.
    Now he is a hot head and liar too.

  10. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    is he really untradeable?
    we could pick up some of the salary
    a contender in the NL might bite

  11. seven July 17th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Ryan Madson kicked a cooler and broke his toe and was out for a while this year. You see guys break there bat over there leg. It happens I dont get the whole selfish thing. Guys get frustrated. Good thing he didn’t really injure himself badly.

  12. vinny-b (Joba is a Chambermaid) July 17th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    “AJ better be careful. NYY might try to move him”
    —————————————

    that would take a magician.

  13. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    With AJ you just have to hope he figures it out when they need him.
    =================================
    that is the problem with this guy, he gets away with it.
    he should be suspended.
    maybe then he will get it.

  14. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Bigger Yankee strars than Burnett has done things like that. Mantle broke toes kicking water coolers, once smashed the glass water bottle on a cooler, drove the blade of a golf club into his left leg about 3 inches when he got mad and swung the golf club at a tree limb because Ford laughed at him when he shanked a shot. Once again, he swung and missed…the tree limb. The Yankees aren’t trading him, no matter how much Matt/Michelle cry about it.

  15. raymagnetic July 17th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    The Yankees arentveating that much money on AJ’s contract. He’s untradeable IMO. Can’t trade him this year anyway because they would need another starter.

  16. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Untradable is right. Just deal with it folks. Sometimes you’re going to see good AJ, sometimes you’re going to see bad AJ. But remember what he did in WS game 5. Regardless, we have to hope he straightens it out cause he’s going nowhere.

    But the starting rotation is NOT the predominant problem. The bullpen is: No long relief. No lefty. No eighth inning setup.

    It’s the bullpen. Possible moves to the starting rotation were just to shift help to the bullpen. It’s the bullpen.

  17. MTU (aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Seven-

    That’s all true.

    With AJ I am surprised he didn’t headbutt the wall. :)

  18. Robin July 17th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    doesn’t add up.

    if you slam you hands on a door, how does the bottom of your hand, specifically your palm, get cut, as opposed to your knuckles and the top of your fingers?

  19. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Guys get frustrated. Good thing he didn’t really injure himself badly.
    =============================================
    Does Andy or CC break things and put their team in jeopardy?
    This is all part of his problem.
    Maybe if he really hurt himself , he would learn a valuable life lesson, something beyond just throwing a baseball, which is what he really is, a thrower, not a pitcher.

  20. pat July 17th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    What AJ did was immature and stupid but other players including Paul O’Neill have done similiar things.

    I would bet Cashman and Girardi are more annoyed about the lie than the act.

  21. Bernard July 17th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Glad to see this blog has devolved to NY Post style reporting: “BREAKING NEWS”

  22. raymagnetic July 17th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Nobody should be surprised by AJ. He has always been inconsistent. That’s just the pitcher he is.

  23. Robin July 17th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    With AJ I am surprised he didn’t headbutt the wall. :)
    ============================

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  24. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Paulie knocked over water coolers- he never put any of his limbs in jeopardy in doing that; it’s not the same thing at all.

  25. Truth or Dare July 17th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Girardi has to protect his players. But comparing AJ to O’Neill is a bit much. Paul didn’t hurt himself when he lost his temper. And he was a star on the Yanks, something AJ (Mr. Inconsistent) is not.

  26. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Mantle and Oneill weren’t pitchers.
    Pitchers are supposed to have composure.
    This is why he isn’t a good pitcher, merely a thrower.

  27. Mel Gibson July 17th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    AJ acts black sometimes.

  28. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Pat,

    Exactly. The act was dumb. The lie was dumber.

    O’Neill smashed things all the time, often using his hands, and had “fire”.

    AJ does it, people want him traded and/or suspended.

    He’s not getting traded and he’s not getting suspended.

    He did a dumb thing. You just deal with it and move on. Its all in a days work at the ballpark.

    He is what he is. Hopefully, he gives them more good days than bad days in the second half.

    All you can ask for at this point.

  29. MTU (aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Well there is some good news. Boston is losing 2-1 with Lee pitching.

  30. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    The lie shows the character, or lack of it.
    How could any fan like this guy?

  31. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    “It happens I dont get the whole selfish thing.”

    —————————–

    Yeah and all the guys who do it are immature. Just because one person like Madsen do something stupid or several people, doesn’t mean it is not stupid.

    Also, can’t compare this to past eras given how much money the Yankees have invested in AJ and winning this year.

    The Yankees are paying him $16.5 million to pitch this year. You cannot under any circumstance pull those kind of stunts when the team is that invested in you.

  32. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    We can deal with it because the dope didn’t break his hands………..but the act was imbecilic regardless of the results and he should be taken to task for that.

  33. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Wrong Betsy.

    He once smashed a Gatorade Igloo so hard with his left hand, he jammed his thumb and it bothered him for a month in 1997.

    Another time, he used his bat to smash a table in the clubhouse and the splinters almost hit him in the eye.

    He didn’t have a “controlled temper”. He was nuts.

    He just had Torre cover for him most of the time.

  34. MTU (aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    GB-

    Z-Mac completely imploded tonite. He just hasn’t been the same pitcher since coming to AAA.

    Any idea what’s wrong ? Why the decrement in his peformance.

    He was terriffic at AA.

  35. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    This guy is Kevin Brown reincarnate.
    How does Cash make the same mistakes over and over again?

  36. Bret the Hitman July 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Trade him to the Phillies.

    His buddy/shrink Roy Halladay can fix him.

  37. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Kevin Brown part II

  38. seven July 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:48 pm
    Guys get frustrated. Good thing he didn’t really injure himself badly.
    =============================================
    Does Andy or CC break things and put their team in jeopardy?
    This is all part of his problem.
    Maybe if he really hurt himself , he would learn a valuable life lesson, something beyond just throwing a baseball, which is what he really is, a thrower, not a pitcher.

    ——————–

    I dont know if Andy or CC ever hit something out of frustration. I wouldn’t rule it out though. . I dont really care about Burnett learning a life lesson. Burnett is what he is. He’s probably a good number 3 type pitcher. He is not an ace and has never been an ace.

  39. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    GB7 -

    Thanks for the perspective.

    Stupid thing to do and incredibly lucky the cuts aren’t deep and the hand isn’t broken. But so far as any of us know, this is an isolated incident.

    Sure stinks, though.

  40. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Laird is learning the outfield. I brought this up early in spring training. You can expect him to play a corner outfield spot within 2 weeks, I’d guess. Most likely both, but, mainly right field. That’s a big right handed power bat.

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/

    “6:25 PM — Not a ton going on here. I already mentioned that Laird is playing first tonight (actually the second time he’s done that at home this season, fourth all year), but it may be newsworthy that he’s started taking some fly balls in the outfield as well. Tony Franklin was asked by Yankees brass to send him out there…maybe that “positional flexibility” that Mark Newman was talking about is starting to surface. Check out The Trentonian for a story on that.”

    Something else to watch for. a trade package that includes Miranda and Chad Tracy getting called up.

  41. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    mick,

    Don’t get carried away. Its not a church. Guys screw up all the time.

    Some do things a heckuva lot worse than what AJ did today.

    It was dumb. No question about it.

    No reason to make it more than what it is though. Which, some in the panic brigade here some to want to do.

    Guys get frustrated and guys get mad in this game. The key is to try and control yourself and today, AJ didn’t do that.

    You deal with it and move on.

  42. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    mick
    Give Cashman a break ! He had to get more pitching that year and the only two guys available were Lowe and Burnett.

  43. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I don’t hate AJ – I still like him a lot personally
    ================================
    Hard to understand.

  44. Robin July 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Cliff Lee looks outstanding. Seven strikeouts, no walks, 74 pitches though 6 innings.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    LGY, exactly. Again, I agree with Lorenz – who’s to say that AJ won’t pull this crap again? He let down his teammates and even if they buy his apology, I’m sure he’ll have lost some of their respect. Please now – enough with the pies.

    On a more practical note, AJ is the #5 starter – and that’s counting a struggling Phil. CC and Andy are solid. Javy is ok – I still wouldn’t trust him in a big game. Phil is an unknown and AJ is a total ? I sort of wish we had Lee about now.

  46. THE TRUTH July 17th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Not that big of a deal to me. He made a mistake and was embarassed by it. Id rather have players who care and are fired up then players that are apathetic. Stuff like this happens from time to time when you are dealing with competitive people. Teammates will accept his apologies and move on, as they should.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Not that I need to explain anything to you Mick, but AJ is not a bad guy – he’s a very good guy.

  48. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Lowe would have been the better choice.
    Cash took AJ to keep him away from teams where he could hurt us.
    Remember he owned us.

  49. Mark July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I wonder if people who are giving him a pass, would still do so if he were out for the year?

    Just because he got lucky, doesn’t make it more acceptable.

  50. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Not that I need to explain anything to you Mick, but AJ is not a bad guy – he’s a very good guy.
    ===============
    Then why do you?
    And how do you know how good a guy he is?

  51. Truth or Dare July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    “The Yankees are paying him $16.5 million to pitch this year.”

    That’s a lot of cash to roll the dice on. And that is what AJ is. Could be very, very good or stink it up.

  52. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The only thing AJ and Kevin Brown have in common is, they both smashed a door/wall in frustration.

    Other than that, the two can’t be more different.

    AJ is universally respected in the clubhouse and has always been a standup guy.

    Kevin Brown was hated in the clubhouse and was never a standup guy.

    AJ screwed up today. Guess what? It happens.

    They aren’t trading him and they aren’t going to give him the death penalty.

    Its just something you deal with and try to make it a one day story and not have it linger.

    Which, I suspect, Girardi will be doing.

  53. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Some people here are cracking me up with their reactions. If a player emotes to much like AJ did, he’s irresponsible. If he doesn’t get hurt (or at least the public doesn’t know), he’s a ‘warrior’.

    I’m glad he was upset enough to be emotional about it. True, he could have been injured and miss a start or two, but we are complaining about his starts anyway, aren’t we? So what would we have missed? You can’t have it both ways. He sucks so trade him, but he almost injured himself, and could miss a couple starts.

    We have to accept Good AJ with Bad AJ. And frankly, IMO, emotion is good. I’d rather see Chamberlain resort to his old self and be emotional on the mound, because IMO that’s what drove him. It was a part of him. Just like Cervelli. Love that emotion!

  54. pat July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    O’Neill didn’t telepathically knock over a water cooler so he was risking injury everytime he did it.

    Time for the Yankees to re-hang the heavy bag somewhere near the dugout.

  55. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Mel Gibson
    Yeah because only Black people hit things and bust their hands/sarcasm.

    please quit with the racism.

  56. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 17th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I’m sorry. Paul O’Neill was only ever lucky that he never hurt himself and banging or kicking water coolers is an anger/frustration issue and no different than what AJ did today. No different.

    I never liked that O’Neill did it AND not only got a PASS but was ADMIRED for hitting water coolers.

    Like O’Neill, but not that part of him.

  57. MTU (aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Robin-

    Cliff Lee IS outstanding that’s why they were willing to part with Montero and others to get him.

    I’m glad it worked out the way it did because we will be all over him in the off season.

    Like white on rice. :)

  58. Yanks 41 July 17th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    “Cliff Lee looks outstanding. Seven strikeouts, no walks, 74 pitches though 6 innings”

    Would have been nice having him pitching today instead of Bustnett.

  59. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I’d like to know what players have done worse. SJ, were you this tolerant of Kevin Brown?

  60. Sevrx July 17th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Keep this guy the hell away from the postseason

  61. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    We’ll see how respected he is in that clubhouse after today…………Yes, Brown was already hated, but so what? So AJ is a good guy – so what? The act was stupid either way – and with AJ, it was his pitching hand. Nice.

  62. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Like white on rice. :)
    =============
    something wrong with brown rice?

  63. THE TRUTH July 17th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Smacking your hand against is a double door and punching a concrete pole are apples and oranges, IMO. One might cause injury, the other certainly will.

  64. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    LOL. another stupid Kelvin Brown act?!

    I thought AJ will turn around. Now I don’t think so.

    Eat his salary and send him out of town.

  65. TD212 July 17th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    So just because Burnett was respected in the clubhouse, it makes it OK that he did it?

    And throwing a water cooler or pushing it to the ground is different than punching a door.

  66. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    we want a pitcher not a belly itcher

  67. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    If people have ever watched Burnett, it’s easy to see that he’s got a hair trigger temper. It’s not usually this bad, but, like O’Neill, it does get the best of him. Pinella was even worse.

    As far as O’Neill or Mantle not using their hands or arms…are you that stupid. They are hitters…they use their hands. They also run with their feet and legs.

  68. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    who respects aj in the clubhouse?
    jeter. mo. posada?
    i doubt it.
    maybe joba.

  69. Chad July 17th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    “Turning it around” for AJ means in his next 10 starts, he will have 5 decent/good and 5 terrible ones.

    He is a basketcase. No idea what to expect anytime he takes the mound… that is fine for a #5 starter, not for a $16.5 million dollar #2 starter.

  70. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    # mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    who respects aj in the clubhouse?
    jeter. mo. posada?
    i doubt it.
    maybe joba.

    ********

    LOL, good choice for Joba.

  71. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Paul knew that he wasn’t trying to hurt himself. That was passion.
    A.J. on the other hand continues to show that he has a 10 cent brain because a pitcher should never smash something with his hands because he needs them to pitch.

  72. Billy M July 17th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Get rid of the baby now. First, he won’t pitch to Posada. Then, he can’t pitch because Eiland isn’t here. (Of course, he doesn’t particularly like Cervelli either.) Now this crap.

    Give him the big heave ho. Anyone, I repeat anyone, from Scranton would be an improvement over this idiot.

  73. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    well said GB.

  74. THE TRUTH July 17th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    While neither is the perfect response, I’ll take the guy who actually cares and throws a water cooler or smashes a bat over the Ian Kennedy’s of the world who don’t care.

  75. Yanks LI July 17th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    People are comparing throwing a water cooler to the floor the same as punching a door with your pitching hand?

    Now I’ve seen it all.

  76. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    What O’Neill did was stupid as well. I never liked O’Neill when he did that stuff.

    Taking your frustrations out on intimate objects is acing like a warrior or a competitior.

    It is called a temper tantrum.

    The real warriors take their frustrations out on their opponent and channel it into something positive.

  77. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    is *not* acting…

  78. Robin July 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    The Boss laid to rest.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....funer.html

  79. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Betsy,

    Paul Freaking O’Neill broke up more stuff in that locker room than AJ or Kevin Brown ever did.

    EVERY TIME he did it, he risked injury. In fact, as I outlined, he hurt his thumb for a month after one tantrum.

    He did it ALL THE TIME. This is the ONLY time AJ ever did it.

    I got another one for you…

    You remember when Derek Jeter became Mr. November and hit the GW HR in that WS game?

    Well, he jumped on the plate so hard, he hurt his heel and it affected him the rest of that WS. Not the smartest thing to do, wouldn’t you say?

    In fact, if it was the regular season, he would have probably missed at least a week of action.

    Stuff happens over the course of a season Betsy. You have to be able to handle the ups and downs.

    With O’Neill, it got so bad at one point, Torre had a meeting with him and told him that if he didn’t cool it he was sending him to anger management.

    Geez Louise Betsy, this isn’t the end of the world. It happens in clubhouses across baseball.

    Is it right? Of course not. However, its an emotional game and stuff happens.

    You can’t react in full blown panic over everything that happens to the team.

    It was dumb and its over. Move on. The Yankees are.

  80. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Give Mitre a shot. We won with him as the 5th guy last year.
    Javy and Phil deserve the 3-4 spots over this clown anyway.
    Let him rot a few starts and see if he can learn a lesson.

  81. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    This sounds like something Joba would do as well. Two guys with a load of talent but both have 10 cent heads and they don’t know how to use their talents.

  82. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    burnett had streaks just like this one last year and every other year. He turned in a damned good year last year and pitched some damned fine games in the post season. He’ll do like he always has. He’s either spectacular to watch or frustrating as Hell. Nothing in between.

  83. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    hey, no matter what he did, Paul didn’t hurt himself.
    This is the bottom line.

  84. Gabe White July 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    AJ blames Posada for everything. Maybe this is Posada’s fault. Go get Jose Molina to save the day.

    AJ acts like a minority a lot and that doesn’t sit well with me.

  85. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    OK, can we get past the tantrum.
    Can someone start speaking about possible solutions? Sheesh!

  86. Eroc July 17th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    How do you hurt yourself throwing a half-empty water cooler to the ground? And why would you aim it at your foot anyway?

    Not even Carl Pavano can do that. Punching a door is totally different.

  87. THE TRUTH July 17th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    hey, no matter what he did, Paul didn’t hurt himself.

    False.

  88. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Taking your frustrations out on intimate objects
    =================================
    It’s also against the law :)

  89. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    So let me ask you people this –

    if AJ was having a more consistent season, and just had a bad start or two or three, and this was one of them, and he did what he did today every time he had a bad start, you’d be okay with that as long as he was having more good starts than bad starts, a winning record and a low ERA?

    But the guy is stinking it up and thought he had it figured out and didn’t and got frustrated with himself and did something very stupid and you can’t move on?

  90. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Yeah, jumping on home plate is the same thing as punching the doors……..geez louise yourself, SJ. You don’t agree with anything I say lately, which is fine, but you can at least be civil (or maybe not).

  91. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I’m getting to the point where I can’t wait till the Yankees go after Cliff Lee next season. Burnett should be buried in the 5th spot.

  92. Tim July 17th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Not even Joba is that dumb, Jeremy.

    Now, he might eat an ice cream sundae to get over his frustration, but would never punch a door.

  93. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Somebody (a poster here) must have been deprived of attention as a child and is either still seeking attention or is still a child. Please ignore him.

  94. Terry from NH July 17th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    You can’t have AJ behind CC in the rotation.. There has to be a switch in here at some point. Bump Andy up and Phil.. Even Javy is the 4th start IMO.. AJ destroys any continuity in the rotation at this point.

  95. SJ44 July 17th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Who respects AJ in the clubhouse? Everybody. He’s probably one of the three or four most well liked and respected guys in that clubhouse.

    Here’s the difference between the players and you Betsy. They don’t panic. They get the fact stuff happens and they deal with it.

    Its a family in there and guys don’t turn on one another. That’s why its got the reputation as being one of the best clubhouses in the league.

    Jeter will probably put boxing gloves in AJ’s locker tomorrow to break the mood.

    Fans LOVE to want to punish players. Players laugh at fans who think punishment is the answer to everything.

    That’s the difference between players and fans.

  96. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    if AJ was having a more consistent season,
    =============================
    Impossible. Not in his makeup to be consistent.

  97. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    mick,

    haha. Bad typo :oops:

  98. Yanks 23 July 17th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    As of now, Burnett wouldn’t even start in the postseason. You want him starting over an 11 game winner in Hughes or a guy who has a lower ERA than Andy/CC over the past 2 months?

    Unless those 2 guys just suck the rest of the way, Burnett isn’t starting in the playoffs, and rightfully so. He is a headcase.

  99. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I, for one, am not ok with it under any circumstances…….I wouldn’t like it from CC; this is not an AJ thing. I’m not upset with him because he’s no good and he acts like this. I’m upset because of the act, period.

    I also don’t agree with the notion that if you don’t gyrate or show extreme passion on the mound that it shows you don’t care.

  100. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    What panic, SJ? I think this was the act of a little boy who can’t control himself – a little boy who acted in a very thoughtless way.

  101. McCellen July 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    AJ Burnett himself told Kim Jones that he is a .500 pitcher

    Stop making him better than he really is. He knows what he is and he freely admitted it

  102. Mr Slate July 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    AJ is a Nazi. He belongs in Boston. Redneck that he is.

  103. Terry from NH July 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    “He’s either spectacular to watch or frustrating as Hell. Nothing in between.”

    When it comes down to it.. AJ is 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA.. No one will ever see spectacular in that.. That’s like waiting for Haley’s Comet to come around.

  104. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    The Yankees are not removing AJ from the rotation for the playoffs should we make it…………

  105. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    What panic, SJ? I think this was the act of a little boy who can’t control himself – a little boy who acted in a very thoughtless way.
    =========================and yet you like him

  106. lil' m July 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    IMHO Joe handled the press conference pretty well. He was forthright without throwing AJ totally under the bus. Thank goodness AJ didn’t hurt himself badly. Foolish of him to lie, but at least the truth came out in the end. Nothing to do but learn from it, make any necessary amends to his teammates, and go from there.

    Cliff Lee: Yowsa. And cool as a cucumber too.

  107. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Also, as I said, I think AJ is a very good guy – and to date has been a very good teammate.

  108. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The problem is that you can’t come up with these hypothetical situations. Deal with the here and now. A.J. Burnett is a wild pitcher who has mental issues with a load of talent but he doesn’t know how to use it.

  109. Diva July 17th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Cliff Lee has thrown 8 innings of 1 run ball in Boston– on only 85 pitches.

    Meanwhile, Box of chocolates Burnett punched a door for giving up a HR to a guy who has 3 career HRs in almost 300 ABs.

    Night and day difference.

  110. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    and to date has been a very good teammate.
    =====================
    not today

  111. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Reading over some of this garbage, I would have sworn that NYYs had just lost their 8th straight game. They’ve won 8 of 10 games, have a 2 game lead and after tomorrow with still have a 1 or 3 game lead. It beats the Hell out of the alternatives.

  112. pat July 17th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    “He is a headcase.”

    Most professional athletes are headcases in one way or another.

    Nobody in their right minds would put their bodies through the kind of abuse required to play professional sports.

  113. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I’m going to hate when Lee pitches…………what might have been.

  114. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    his contribution to this team is that he throws the pie that idiot fans love

  115. LA Dave July 17th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    “The Yankees are not removing AJ from the rotation for the playoffs should we make it………”

    If Javy and Hughes pitch this well, of course they will.

    Unless they need Hughes in the pen

  116. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    No, today AJ was not a good teammate – but one day does not override his Yankee tenure.

  117. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yanks23
    I would start Javy over A.J. in any situation. Burnett is just a guy who has talent but it’s wasted on him.

  118. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    nobody is complaining about nyy they are complaining about an inconsistent pitcher who could have hurt himself and been the next pavano

  119. RF 56 July 17th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    The worst part is that if we got Lee, that would have pushed our best pitcher since May (Vazquez) out the door, while basketcase AJ continued to pitch to his 5 ERA.

    So you have to wonder how much of an upgrade it really was considering our worst pitcher still remained in the rotation.

  120. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    LA Dave, I really don’t think they will………….

  121. BIlly Martin July 17th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    Give Mitre a shot. We won with him as the 5th guy last year.
    Javy and Phil deserve the 3-4 spots over this clown anyway.
    Let him rot a few starts and see if he can learn a lesson.

    So let me understand this. You want Mitre to replace Burnett?

  122. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    everyone respects AJ in the clubhouse? LOL, like he’s in the clubhouse AND he knows what players REALLY think.

    get a life.

  123. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Saint-

    by the way, good to see you posting again.

    Where you been hiding ? :)

  124. Tolbert July 17th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Javy has much less of a “implosion” streak in him when he takes the mound. Look at what he has done over the past 2 months. Even in his mediocre starts, he has kept the team in every game.

    If they are both pitching comparably, I don’t see how you don’t start Javy. Unless Girardi is happy with the proposition that he could be trailing 8-0 after 2 innings just as easily as he could throw 8 shutout innings.

  125. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Mitre is a 5th starter. He eats innings.
    We can’t win this without AJ?

  126. Zach S July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    AJ should watch Bull Durham.

  127. terpbomber July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    At least A.J. didn’t follow his predecessors that required him to be out a considerable period. Doyle Alexander was another Yankee that got hurt by sucker punching the dugout wall back in 1982. As I remember, I thought that was a good thing since they could actually win games in his absence. He had a godawful year and never seemed to get past the first inning.

  128. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Papi v Lee…hmmm

  129. dassit July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Girardi is just like the Obama administration, neither is affective except in telling people to move on.

    The Yankees sure showed their appreciation to the Boss and to Sheppard today. They don’t go to Sheppard’s funeral, and they crap all over the bed on the day of his tribute.

    Over the winter Cashman let Damon and Melky and Godzilla go, and they picked up Granderson with his under 240 BA, can’t hit lefties, which was a strong point with Damon and Godzilla, and Melky was a switch hitter. They got CHoP which amounts to Batting Practice for the opposition.

    I’d rather have Melky batting at 240 for his price than Granderson’s.

    I don’t blame AJ doing what he did, he did stink up the place, and that is what he has been doing fairly often since coming here. He can’t be traded, as that contract he got is one that no other team will want unless the Yankees eat a ton of money for it. This is what Burnett has been his whole career, so there shouldn’t be any surprise that he stinks, there should also be no surprise that he would injure himself punching something. He is a head case and another poor signing by Cashman for a pitcher.

    Cashman should never have anything to do with pitching other than signing the check after someone with some brains does the deal. He has a horrible average on signing pitching.

  130. BIlly Martin July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I take that as a yes. Don’t know what to say, bro.

  131. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:17 pm
    The problem is that you can’t come up with these hypothetical situations. Deal with the here and now. A.J. Burnett is a wild pitcher who has mental issues with a load of talent but he doesn’t know how to use it.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Mental issues? Either you are a psychiatrist or you know from personal experience about your own mental issues.

    Would you like my professional opinion of your mental makeup?

  132. James July 17th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Betsy,

    Why wouldn’t they pitch the superior pitchers over the inferior ones? Because they are afraid that Burnett will get mad? And Javy won’t?

    They need to make their decisions based on who gives them the best chance to win and who is throwing the best… not who did what last year or contracts or egos.

  133. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I’m sure that many respect A.J. but I’m sure that they don’t respect him as much as they did after this act.

  134. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Lee playing with him…

  135. BIlly Martin July 17th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    dassit July 17th, 2010 at 9:25 pm
    Girardi is just like the Obama administration, neither is affective except in telling people to move on.

    But they can both spell.

  136. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Personally, I don’t like seeing any grown man throw a temper tantrum, Paul O’Neill included.

    Really not much you can about it now though except hope Girardi made it clear to AJ that it better never happen again.

    He already may have cost the team the game today because if he could have kept it reasonably close unlike Moseley they may have pulled it out.

    Skipping his next start is just allowing this selfish act to hurt the team even more, because there are no real alternatives.

  137. Yank1 July 17th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    “Girardi is just like the Obama administration, neither is affective except in telling people to move on.”

    LMAO

  138. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    up and away, papi bites…

  139. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    1st base open…

  140. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    that was his pitch…foul ball

  141. Marco July 17th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The moronic thing is that he lied and thought he could get away with it.

    He fell down the stairs LOL too funny. Did he really think no one would find out?

  142. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    “and they picked up Granderson with his under 240 BA, can’t hit lefties, which was a strong point with Damon and Godzilla,”

    ——————————

    “Godzilla” is hitting .188 vs LHP this year. 28 points lower than Granderson.

  143. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Please no politics !

  144. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Oh Boy ! Here come the Sox.

  145. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    youkilis is the toughest out on that team by far

  146. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    why would you pitch to him with 1st open?
    why???

  147. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    James, I agree about starting the best pitchers, but aside from CC and Andy, we don’t yet know who they are………and I don’t think the Yankees will put AJ in the pen, I just dont’ see it.

  148. RS July 17th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    “youkilis is the toughest out on that team by far”

    Which is why Lee shouldn’t have given him anything to hit.

  149. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I know ! They should have walked Youkilis. Bad move by Washington.

  150. Bret the Hitman July 17th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Off topic: I almost died today.

    I lost consciousness today and went into shock for 2 minutes. I don’t remember it.

    I was walking my dog at a dog park and got stung by a bee. I didn’t know I was allergic to bees but then started to feel faint so I sat down at a picnic table and told a person that I thought I was having an allergic reaction and that he should call 911. I felt weak and could barely speak, let alone stand. I fainted while still sitting upright but my head fell to my shoulder and I was out for 2 minutes. When I regained consciousness they were describing my symptoms over the phone to emergency responders.

    Apparently when while I was knocked out on an overdose of bee venom, some guy at the park was screaming at me to come get my dog away from his dog. I don’t remember. When I woke up I heard him clearly, threatening me to get my dog or he was going to beat me up. My stood up and told him that I just had an allergic reaction. He said he didn’t give a (expletive) and to get my dog or else. He snatched up his dog and started to walk off. I told him that if he doesn’t want other dogs around his then don’t take your dog to a flippin dog park. He turned around and came back to confront me and threatened me again. I stood there and told him it’s better that he walk away. He kept saying how if I didn’t shut up he was going to beat me up. Then I said, “ooo, I’m really scared.” Then a couple guys stepped between us and ushered him out.

    So I basically went from unconscious to full adrenaline mode in about 60 seconds.

    It was probably the craziest minute of my entire life.

  151. RS July 17th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I bet Papelbon will come out for the 10th inning, but after him the Red Sox are screwed with their bullpen while the Rangers have their whole pen to use.

  152. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    LGY, you’re right…………..the Yankees have no other options. In that way, AJ got away with murder…….

  153. Billy M July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    People in the clubhouse respect AJ? What for? His colorful tattoos? His shaving cream pies? His intellect? His sense of responsibility to the team? Maturity? Oh, I know, it’s the stellar pitching performances he has given this year.

    Anyone who craps all over the team the way AJ did today doesn’t deserve the respect of any teammate. And you’ve got to wonder about any teammate who does respect him, after his antics of today.

  154. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Bret

    Wow! Just wow!

  155. baseballfab July 17th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    If the Sox hang in there and get back there 534 injured players, they could be dangerous, they have a lot of fight.

  156. Joker July 17th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Why did they give Youk anything to hit?

    Poor Lee….

  157. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    bret-

    What happened with 911 ? did you finally get some treatment ?

  158. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Bret,
    Notice how people are sympathetic to your day?
    How responsive they are?
    Hope you’re alright.
    Shoulda decked that guy.

  159. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Sox just won’t go away…………grr.

  160. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Yeah the Sox have already used their best from the pen.

  161. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Bret, are you ok now? Did you go to the hospital?

  162. Mel Gibson July 17th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Jeremy,

    It was a minority thing to do. Is what I meant.

    Like buying a Benz with your first pro pay check and leaving your family in the PJs.

  163. Frank T July 17th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Well that sucked. 1 out away from a win

    That Sox lineup is good… so many guys having good years. V-Mart, Pedroia, Youk, Bay, Ortiz,Nava, McDonald, etc.

  164. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    The Sox in my opinion just have too much bad luck this year. I think they will be the 3rd best team when it’s all said and done.

  165. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Hey MTU. Glad to be back. Wife is expecting & work has been let’s say not good for my firm.

    Bret, glad to hear that you recovered like Ironman. You clearly don’t have a big enough dog.

    GB, miss ya!

  166. pat July 17th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Bret

    How scary! Get yourself an epi-pen for emergencies.

  167. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Mel Gibson
    It’s still racist because people are not the same. You sound like an idiot saying that every minority acts the same. Please stop with the racism !

  168. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    If the Sox were healthy, they wouldn’t be in this position (3rd). They are getting performances from players who no one ever heard of before…….and that is a really clutch hit from Youkillis. Sigh.

  169. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Saint-

    Best of luck with the baby. Sorry about the work situation. Hope that improves for ya.

  170. Rolex July 17th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I bet they bring Papelbon out for a 3rd inning… he has only thrown 20 pitches. Assuming the Sox don’t win it here.

  171. lil' m July 17th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Bret: Glad to hear you survived – that must have been pretty scary. The other dog owner sounds like a total lunatic, but there are so many crazies walking around these days. Hope you feel better.

  172. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    wow, almost a HR

  173. Mel Gibson July 17th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Jeremy,

    Ok. Sorry if I offended anyone. Here in Mississippi, what I said would not offense anyone. Calling a spade a. Eh nevermind.

    Being quiet now.

  174. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Bret
    Did that guy think you dozed off or something?

  175. Mel Gibson July 17th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Jeremy,

    Ok. Sorry if I offended anyone. Here in Mississippi, what I said would not offense anyone. Calling a spade a. Eh, nevermind.

    Being quiet now.

  176. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:38 pm
    Hey MTU. Glad to be back. Wife is expecting & work has been let’s say not good for my firm.

    Bret, glad to hear that you recovered like Ironman. You clearly don’t have a big enough dog.

    GB, miss ya!

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Congratulations on the new Saint, Jr., Simon. Your wife will love getting up at 2 every morning. Simon Templar would never do that sissy stuff.

  177. Jerkface July 17th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Jeter doesn’t have to hit at least .315 or even .300 to post .380 or .391 OBP, although it helps.

    He or anyone else would need to get on base 228 times in 600 AB regardless of BA to post .380 OBP, 234 times to post .390 (I meant to post .390 OBP not .391.) Totally doable.

    168 for 600 (a paltry .280 BA) with 8 HR, so 160 non-HR hits + 68 BB for .380, 74 BB for .390.

    He collects 600 AB with starts at DH and in LF on days he breaks from SS plus rare PH appearances.

    First of all, Jeter averages 744 plate appearances in a year. For him to get 600, he’d have to play around 120 games. THe yankees are not signing Jeter for 20 million and then playing him 120 games. So lets give him 700 plate appearances. For him to have a .385 OBP he’d need to reach base 270 times. Jeters likelihood of collecting 200 hits and walking 70 times is rapidly decreasing, because his plate discipline is collapsing. Jeter is requiring more ABs to collect hits, which eats into his PA’s to collect walks. In the above scenario if he hit .300, walked 60 times, and got hit by pitch 18 times, he could conceivably put up a .385 on base in 700 PAs, not look at the likelihood of that happening while his LD% and BB% decreases, and his GB% increases.

    And I am not sure if you understand PA vs AB, but hitting .280 in 600 ABs, then walking 68 times = a .350 on base percentage, because BBs are PAs not ABs.

  178. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Wow Bret. Sorry dude. Hope you feel better now.

    Some people are so stupid with their dogs.

    I have a large dog and she was running around playing with a small dog. All of a sudden the stupid girl who had the small dog and is complaining about something everytime she is there started yelling help me help me, who’s dog is this, help me! Get this dog away!

    I turn around and see my dog is just playing and not doing anything harmful so I just ignore her.

    Eventually some big dork basically trying to hit on this girl like 15 years younger then her says “I’ll help you.”

    I finally say it’s my dog and this big goof starts threatening me to get my dog away and I just say no, it’s a dog park and if you don’t want your dog playing then don’t bring her here. My dog has no problems playing with small dogs even tho she is big.

    The big dork then yells at me she is too big to play with that dog. “I’m bigger than you. How would you like if I sat on your face?” :shock:

  179. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    bret-

    One more thing.

    It’s funny you should mention bee stings.

    Last week the wife and I are driving out to spend a few days in the mountains.

    I have my window rolled down and from out of freakin nowhere a bee flew in and STUNG me on the leg.

    For a few seconds I couldn’t figure what the hell happened, or how that was possible.

    After it started hurting I knew exactly what it was. Luckily for me I am not allergic or who knows what have happened being behind the wheel of a vehicle.

  180. mick July 17th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Man, I’m starting to itch…

  181. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Papelbon should blow it.

  182. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    oh, not him

  183. nutballgazette July 17th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I am not sure who is a bigger Dumb-ass, Joba or A J

  184. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks GB, but now that you mention it, I’m going to suggest Roger and Simon as possible names. LOL!

  185. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Texas has to score here.

  186. stuart July 17th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    aj is not a head case he is simply a block head. again the guy throws 2 pitches, is 32, been pitching since say 13 years old and still cannot figure his mechanics out.

    he is a lucky man. get 5 yrs $18 mill. for being basically a 500 pitcher…glad the moron did not lie, they would have found out and jsut a bad idea.

    between him and joba another rock head the IQ of the pitchers is not high……

    amazing their pen is really bad.. much better last year.. gaudan stinks, mosely got cut by the angels, logan stinks is a lefty version of burnett all sizzle and no results, and on and on……………..

  187. What's a fan to do? July 17th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Right about now Toronto’s Mgr Cito Gaston. and GM Anthopoulos are laughing their butts off at Cashman’s signing the head case AJ.

  188. Holtzman July 17th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “I am not sure who is a bigger Dumb-ass, Joba or A J”

    Jaba

    Because Jaba would take out his frustration on a hamburger, not on a door.

  189. The Plan July 17th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Bret: your story sounds sort of ……

    Be ineresting to hear the other guy’s description of the events; you probably don’t come off as Mr Tough guy in his version.

  190. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    The Yankees could eat Burnett’s contract if they wanted to but the only way that would happen is if Burnett was just totally horrible.

  191. Bret the Hitman July 17th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you everybody for your concern. I feel very fortunate to be alive and had I not felt like I swallowed a bottle of pills during the onset of the reaction, I would’ve felt terrified. There was nothing I could do to fight it but try to stay sitting up. I fell asleep sitting up.

    I am OK now. I did some online research and I do need an epi-pen as my body went into full scale shock and completely shut down. Sometimes people get hives and their esophagus closes but that didn’t happen to me. I had other symptoms like white pale skin in the face from shock, fainting, dizziness, weakness. I first told myself that I could walk it off and I tried to convince myself that I could drive to CVS and get some Benadryl. That idea didn’t last very long :lol:

    The EMT’s brought a stretcher into the dog park. There were like 20 people watching like people do on the highway when they see a wreck and slow down so much that traffic backs up for miles. They thought I was gonna die and then I wake up and this guy is in my face. It was a spectacle on top of a spectacle. When I came to my senses, I realized that this guy was giving me flack when it was impossible for me to supervise my dog – I WAS BRAIN DEAD. Then I got severely ticked off and was hoping he would make a move when he was in my face. My head was throbbing like it does when you dunk in a pool and test your lungs to see how long you can hold your breath or like it does when you hang your head upside down off a bed or doing a hand stand.

    The EMT’s on the scene didn’t understand how I came out of shock without a dose of epinephrine so they thought it wasn’t an allergic reaction. They were puzzled. They couldn’t find any hives or signs of closed esophagus. They said that allergic reactions to bee stings last much longer and don’t normally fix themselves without treatment.

    I don’t know how I woke up but I did.

    Sucks that I have to carry an epipen. I love being outside.

  192. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Thanks GB, but now that you mention it, I’m going to suggest Roger and Simon as possible names. LOL!

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    I suppose that would be better names than George Sanders. Then, too, if the little lady has a little lady, you’re in trouble.

  193. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Gee, thanks GB. Well Simone works.

  194. YanksfanCA July 17th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    “please quit with the racism”
    ——————–

    You have self appointed yourself the “racism/bigot” police for this post – why no admonishment for the following:

    Mr Slate July 17th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    AJ is a Nazi. He belongs in Boston. Redneck that he is.
    —————–

    I think I know the answer for your “tolerance” of the above statement; hypocrite.

  195. Bret the Hitman July 17th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    The Plan: He’s the one who walked away. People sense danger.

  196. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Simone or georgiana would work, but, not sure Rogerina will cut it.

    Anyway, Simon…congratulations to you and Mrs. 007 on your little gift from Heaven. That’s great news.

  197. Joba Tips his Cap July 17th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Rangers just give away this game.

  198. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks much Sarge.

  199. Jeremy July 17th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    YanksfanCA
    I missed that post. So please don’t call me a hypocrite because I missed a post and my post about no racism applied to everyone. So please get a clue !

  200. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    After December, I’ll be posting at 3am.

  201. teddy July 17th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    rod washington is pathetic. he should walk youk let felix pitch to beltre and is likely over

  202. Holtzman July 17th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Rangers were 1 out from a win too

    Damn

  203. SAS July 17th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Bret,

    Glad you are OK. That is very scary stuff. Get one of those epi-pens that Pat or M suggested. You carry it all the time.

  204. Rage July 17th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for nothing, Lee.

    You better not pull that crap when we sign you next winter. When you have a lead against Boston – you close the deal.

  205. Vixtor July 17th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Rangers face Lester tomorrow, too.

    One of those “win the 1st 2 games of the series, only to get the split” deals.

  206. KPB July 17th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    DaSaint007
    You might want to wait a little later. It’s still kind of nasty overnight sometimes. Check last night for example.

  207. Soul July 17th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Chad – that post is hilarious.

  208. cs in la July 17th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    SJ – thanks for the perspective. Tomorrow’s another day.

  209. BD July 17th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Why was Burnett so mad? The HR he gave up only made it 3-0… hardly insurmountable.

    If that made him punch the wall, I can’t imagine what he did in Arizona when he gave up 3 HRs in an inning or in LA when he blew a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning.

  210. KPB July 17th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    GB7
    Have you heard anything about possible call ups and who do you think would be a good fit?

  211. dassit July 17th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Bret, one thing to be thankful for, the idiot with the dog probably helped you out. That adrenaline rush you got from him being a jerk probably helped flush out the bee venom.

    Carrying an epi-pen isn’t that bad. Most times you don’t need it, but having it on you when outdoors is a must. I’ve known plenty of outdoors types who have them and its extremely rare when they use them.

    Either that, or hope you keep running into jerks who will threaten to beat you up right after being stung. lol.

    Must have been a Boston fan. ;)

  212. damon (think 28) July 17th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Another wasted complete game 2 runs for Cliff with no run support. That’s two back to back losses for the newest Ranger pitcher.

  213. lasit July 17th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    yeah ok, walk yuk with em bases loaded huh?

  214. GreenBeret7 July 17th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 10:04 pm
    After December, I’ll be posting at 3am.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    LMAO. Better you than me, Bud. You’ll just love those little gold nuggets that like love to leave for Daddy. Hope you have a strong stomach.

  215. BD July 17th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Lee was dealing too… can’t blame Wash for keeping him in there. He just got beat by a great hitter

  216. lemon July 17th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Well, this night sucked all around

    Get em’ tomorrow

  217. lasit July 17th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    … unless of course, you’re talking about the ninth.
    … in which case i’m an asswipe. my bad, kid! (and yes, washington IS an idiot).

  218. dassit July 17th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    BD, haven’t you been seeing how poorly the offense has been? A 3 run game might not be insurmountable but this Yankee team has a number of batters who are nearly automatic outs. Granderson, Jeter, Cervelli, Alex to some extent are all under producing in their offensive game. Add to that the BP being generally weak, spotting the opposition 3 runs is a lot.

    Plus he has been a 500 pitcher up to this point this year, now he is below 500. For what he is making he should have a much better record.

    I agree that losing it like he did was stupid. I was not a Paulie fan because of his temper tantrums.

  219. Danny July 17th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Whitey Herzog, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next Sunday along with Andre Dawson and umpire Doug Harvey, suffered his share of heartbreak at the hands of Steinbrenner’s Yankees. But the former manager of the Royals in the ’70s developed a relationship from afar with The Boss, to the point that one of his biggest regrets was that he never got to manage for Steinbrenner.

    “I really wish I could’ve managed for him,” Herzog said in a Hall of Fame conference call on Friday. “He was a great owner who only wanted to win. That’s why I wish I could’ve worked for him. Through the years, every time I’d win a division title or a championship he’d send me a telegram saying stuff like, ‘You’re a genius.’ I’ve kept all of ‘em, but the one I especially got a kick out of was when he said: ‘How in the hell did you win with Jose Oquendo in right field when I can’t win with Dave Winfield in right field?’ “

  220. Pinstripe4Life July 17th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I hope this doesn’t impair his pie throwing skills.

  221. Rockks July 17th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Today proves that Dave Island wasn’t the problem… it was just Burnett being Burnett all those weeks when he sucked.

  222. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Should be a great game to decide the series winner.

    With AP on the mound I always like our chances.

  223. Evan July 17th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Would have been fun playing “Whitey ball” in the 80s… we might have actually won something

  224. What was Cashman thinking? July 17th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Who knew AJ was such a chore to deal with on a team. Last year, he needed a personal catcher, this year, he imploded the month of June and didn’t win a single game. July lacerates hand on plexi-glass because he gave up a home run.
    I hope he’s not a wife beater with that short fuse.

  225. Armchair Psychologist July 17th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Burnett needs to translate his quirkiness into wins… like Bronson Arroyo.

    Instead, he allows his quirkiness to turn him into a headcase.

  226. Pinstripe4Life July 17th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    ‘How in the hell did you win with Jose Oquendo in right field when I can’t win with Dave Winfield in right field?’ “

    Classic. Winfield has about as much charisma, as the right field foul pole.

  227. Billy M July 17th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    @Armchair: It’s not “quirkiness”. It’s immaturity. And I don’t think there’s much hope that a 33 year old, who hasn’t grown up yet, is suddenly going to grow up in the heat of the pennant race.

    I think AJ is due for a leave of absence.

  228. MTU(aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Good night folks.

    Unfortunately, i am going to miss tomorrow’s game.

    Best of luck to Andy and to the Yankees.

    Send Maddon Home unhappy. :)

  229. Tar July 17th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Put yourself in AJ’s shoes. Just think if you could throw like he can. But you never quite live up to your potential. You always feel like you let your teammates down. I know I would be frustrated as hell. I don’t blame him for getting pi**ed off. I do not condone anything he did today, but I do understand where it’s coming from. Obviously, it bothers him a lot and he’s very motivated to fix it.

    Also from my perspective he’s the Yankees #5 pitcher (who when he’s on) can shut anybody down. He is a lot less frustrating from that angle.

  230. KPB July 17th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Tar

    that’s too much sense and understanding. save that for the better…. i mean morning crowd

  231. Tyler July 17th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Rockks July 17th, 2010 at 10:27 pm
    Today proves that Dave Island wasn’t the problem… it was just Burnett being Burnett all those weeks when he sucked.
    ————————————

    Not to be too much of a d-bag here but its Dave Eiland. lol

  232. Tyler July 17th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    SJ,

    how is your nephew doing? has he returned to the field yet? hope all is well.

  233. Tyler July 17th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    igawa lets up 3 homers in 3 innings lol. thank goodness that contract is over this year.

    chad tracy another homerun for swb.

  234. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Oh, my poor Igawa. And to think I envisioned you making a comeback as a lefty star out of the pen on this team. LOL!

  235. Grow up July 17th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I think A J cares, he’s just a headcase, and I’m not confident at this point, that he can help the team much the rest of the way. Pretty much in Joba territory !

  236. Tar July 17th, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    “save that for the better…. i mean morning crowd”

    LOL.

  237. Don July 17th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    What a jerk. (other players of course have also done stupid things like kicking and punching immovable objects, but it doesn’t excuse AJ)

  238. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    night MTU.

  239. BIG AL July 17th, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    If those complaining about AJ ever played sports at this level, they might understand the fire in these players, the drive to win, and the great disappointment and frustration they feel when the let their teammates down. AJ is going through tough times, that’s for sure. Perhaps Girardi should consider changing the rotation to; CC, Andy, Javy, Phil & AJ. Just like you move a hitter down in the order when they are slumping, move AJ to the back of the rotation. Let’s all hope he can get himself straightened out way before the playoffs. The AL East is going to be real tough this season, and the Yankees will need the good AJ, real soon.

  240. BIG AL July 17th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Tough game tomorrow with Price on the mound. We need Andy to come up big, again. Let’s GO YANKEES!

    Later.

  241. Hurley July 17th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    DaSaint007,

    Congratulations! My wife and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world in November (our first child), and it has been the most wonderful and indescribable experience.

    Plus, she was born only a few days after the Yankees won the World Series, so it was pretty much the best week of my life! ;)

  242. Dave July 17th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Have whatever opinions you want to, but don’t let the media spin this into the latest “Kevin Brown punching the wall” scenario – which is CLEARLY where this is heading. He had minor lacerations that required no stitches. Even if stitches were required – fend off the inevitable headlines that will equate this with Kevin Brown. 1 – AJ has already done infinitely more for the team than Brown, 2 – the nature of the injuries aren’t comparable.

  243. disco stu July 17th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    What’s interesting about AJ is that you will never see him pitch a good game when he has sub-par “stuff”. He only seems to thrive when he is in a groove and his enormous talent is overmatching the opposition.

    But if his stuff is sub-par its almost as if he doesnt know to pitch through it. The great ones all do or have done that … continue to win even on days when they are hittable.

    AJ just doesnt strike me as someone who will grind it out and find a way to win.

    As far what he did today, there is no excuse for what he did and it reeks of Kevin Brown.

    Not a good day today … hopefully tomorrow will be better.

  244. Melkman is in Hotlanta July 17th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Gee I wonder why Paul O’Neil was threatened by Torre with having to attend anger management courses if he didn’t control himself? We all know why!

  245. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Thx, and congrats to you and your wife too, Hurley! That was some week for the two of you.
    I’m looking forward to it as well, and I’m sure I’ll be just as speechless.

    Anyway, it’s good catching up with old friends. I’m actually at work, but have to head home now as the wife was visiting her folks and is just now heading home also.

    Tomorrow’s game is just hours away, and I’ll take Andy on Sunday over Price any day!

  246. What's a fan to do? July 17th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Headline about AJ’s outburst.

    -AJ injures hand in electrical socket, attempting to recharge.

  247. Melkman is in Hotlanta July 17th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I’d be checking AJ’s hormone counts if I were MLB. Reeks of roid rage imo.

  248. E-gawa July 17th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Well at least Kevin Brown didn’t break his hand this time around.

  249. m July 17th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Oh, AJ. How embarrassing. You can’t lie like that.

    Anyway, right approach by Girardi. He made a mistake and everyone needs to move on. It’s not like he was in a car accident and lied about it. Or lied about PEDs.

  250. Melkman is in Hotlanta July 17th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    3.5 years of AJ Burnett to go. Priceless!

  251. Melkman is in Hotlanta July 17th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Ok here’s a trade idea: Trade Burnett and Granderson to the Mets for Beltran and Mejia and Maine.

  252. Kreator July 18th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    If he gets traded, who will take over the pies for walkoffs?

    Probably Swish.

  253. SMK July 18th, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Dave Eiland’s Jedi mind tricks no match for the Dark Side today, evidently.

    “I am a rock, I am an Eiland” the A. J. Burnett theme song?

  254. kevin July 18th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    lol @ lee “just got beat by a great hitter”

    that pitch was a huge mistake, one of his only of the game, it ended up being a fastball right down the middle

    a random college player could have hit that pitch

    and also Young was playing no doubles for some reason, hugging the line completely, single or double is the exact same in that situation there’s a guy on 3rd 2 outs

  255. beedogs July 18th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Brian Cashman: GET RID OF THIS IDIOT. PLEASE. If he remains the #2 starter, Burnett will be the reason the Yankees fail this postseason.

  256. Chuck58 July 18th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Even if the idiot “beedogs” is gotten rid of, sadly, many more will still be around.

  257. Jono Hungus July 18th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Memories of Kevin Brown

  258. Bill July 18th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Nice job AJ. Stupid ass.

  259. 86w183 July 18th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    How about AJ for Carlos Zambrano?

    Overpaid underachieving head case for overpaid underachieving head case. Zambrano has a higher salary but AJ has one more year on his deal so that balances out.

    Maybe that straightens one or both of those whack jobs out??

  260. Chuck58 July 18th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    AJ is well thought of in the clubhouse.
    Zambrano is not.

    There’s a reason why most of us are not GMs.


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