I get that “baseball is a business,” as players have uttered this sentiment like a broken record forever to a point where it feels like they have been brainwashed.
The business world is harsh, but not many struggling businessmen get their dirty laundry aired out in the public eye like baseball players do.
And yes, people should get fired for not doing their job everyday but not like in baseball. When a team wants to dump a player, and are willing to eat millions of dollars just to get you out, can’t feel good.
All the blame lands solely on the player for underachieving, which usually entails fan and media backlash.
In Burnett’s case, the media and fans have pegged him as enemy #1.
There is some merit behind Burnett being ridiculed, as he has not been able to do his job consistently for sometime; but he was vital to the 2009 Yankees success. Along with some other shining moments, Burnett just continued to aggravate New York fans, which FYI is not a very hard to do.
There is not doubt that Burnett can pitch, and I mean like an unhittable ace when everything is flowing. Problem was that no one, including himself, knew what AJ would show up on the mound on any given night.
So, in a sense the Yankee fans are just as much at fault because Burnett’s biggest hurdle is in his head. And nobody seem to care enough to maybe try to be supportive to see if that would trigger the confidence, or tame the wild thoughts that continually have possessed Burnett throughout his career.
Well, Yankees Universe has been cheering to get rid of Burnett for three seasons, and I can only imagine how the six weeks have been on the righty.
Knowing that you have no choice in the matter just sucks.
And being forced to leave a winning team like the Yankees, to go play for the Pirates is basically career suicide.
It must be heartbreaking.
No one likes to feel unwanted, and having everyone in the World know it. You don’t get the option of a fresh start, and you must stop
feeling like a person.
No matter what the line-of-work, or business there is something to be said about human decency especially towards someone who has tried effortlessly to get improve.
And that, my friend, is AJ Burnett in a nutshell.
I just hope all the “AJ Burnett haters” out there know that the Yankees will be on the losing end of this deal with the Pirates.
And I don’t mean just financially because Burnett brings pitching depth, which is essential in a 162-game season and especially when you are relying heavily on two rookie arms.
The other issue is that no one knows what Phil Hughes is capable of in-shape or not. He has been a disaster compared to Burnett in both lack of effort and performance. Also, Hughes is riddled with injuries.
So, please Yankee fans don’t believe for a second that the Steinbrenner’s need the money to sign Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez for a joint $3 million because that is total horse maneuver. The team will eat the money for nothing in 2013 anyway.
See, I grew up in my house where you always got an A for effort, and even if you failed completely. And Burnett has certainly put forth the effort to be treated a little nicer than this because he is being treated like he is Jose Canseco in disguise.
Just remember one thing Burnett-haters, the Yankees have not announced an official trade yet, so that means AJ could very well be in the pinstripes still and if so this negativity has to stop.
In total honestly, at this point, no one can blame Burnett for not wanting to stay in New York; because personally, I certainly would not care about helping a franchise that treated me like this and he shouldn’t either.
- The value of A.J. Burnett (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- New York Yankees hot stove: Rosenthal please stop stirring the Burnett pot (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- A Premature But Nevertheless Entertaining Farewell To A.J. (janeheller.com)
- Report: Yanks, Pirates have framework for Burnett trade in place (riveraveblues.com)
- Spring decision: Fifth starter (yankees.lhblogs.com)
- Warning: SPOILED ALERT – I’mGivingYouAnOpinion (pinstripealley.com)
- Rosenthal: Pirates one of four teams in on Burnett (riveraveblues.com)
- New York Yankees: AJ Burnett Expects To Start And I Do Too (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- RJG Addresses the Burnett Tribute Rumors (respectjetersgangster.blogspot.com)