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Why New York Yankees fans are learning about karma

A. J. Burnett

A. J. Burnett (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whoever said that AJ Burnett couldn’t pitch should be putting their foot back in their mouth, as he could very well win the NL CY Young this season.

I have always been a Burnett fan since his days with the Florida Marlins; so I was thrilled when the Yankees signed him in 2009 and went on to win the World Series that season.

Burnett had his ups and downs for sure, but Yankee fans had him pinned on the dartboard from the moment he arrived.

When the Yankees packed his bags for Pittsburgh at the beginning of this season, I was one fan who thought it was a HUGE mistake; and now he is proving just how bad a decision it was.

Sure, Burnett obviously needed a new environment and he has gotten that playing for the Pirates but can you imagine how good the Yankees would be if the fans had given him a chance here?

Burnett was just named NL Player of the Week for period ending August 5th.

Here are his 2012 stats thus far (stats courtesy of MLB.com):

Team
W
L
ERA
G
GS
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
SO
AVG
WHIP
PIT1433.192020132.2113484712401090.2291.15
2012 AJ Burnett Pitching Stats

It is safe to say that Burnett never had a shot in the Bronx, and yes the fans were the main reason for it.

See too many Yankee fans get their panties all ruffled, while sitting on their homemade thrones because of a player’s paycheck. And they are relentless.

So my question to all the Burnett-hating fans is how do you feel about the Yankees paying $20 million of the $33 million left on Burnett’s contract to go thrive somewhere else?

And Burnett is not just flourishing in Pittsburgh he is dominating, and he will certainly be in serious discussion for the 2012 NL CY Young Award.

Just in case you might have forgotten (as Yankee fans tend to have selective memory) here are two old posts from Burnett’s time in the pinstripes. The first is pleading for the haters and hecklers to please encourage him; and another is a great display of what mental anguish he dealt with.

WHY CRUCIFYING BURNETT NEEDS TO STOP – Bleeding Yankee Blue

YANKEE FANS REACT TO AJ BURNETT DECISION – Yankee Yapping

Now, if this doesn’t make these entitled Yankee fans think the next time before booing I don’t know what else will.

Burnett obviously can still pitch and the Yankees certainly could have benefitted from him this season but instead Yankee fans exploited his well-publicized mental shortcomings.

For all intensive purposes, Yankee fans can blame themselves for not getting the most out of AJ Burnett and even he has confirmed this himself:

“It’s been great here, everything I expected and more. I came to a team that wanted me bad. That was important to me. I had heard that this was a great sports town, that people really love their sports here. You saw that [Sunday]. The fans supported me before I even threw my first pitch [of the season]. They’re excited I’m here and I’m excited to be here.”

And to finish, here is a quote from Burnett’s new skipper Pirates Clint Hurdle who recently told the NY Post, “Our fan base has embraced him which is something new for him.’’

Hopefully Yankee fans that constantly heckle just to hear themselves or whatever the reason might learn from this because the rest of us Yankee fans are getting really annoyed with treating players so in-humanely.

I like to win, and as a Yankees fan or any other baseball fan you root for the team to win. Not boo a player so much he can’t do what he is capable of doing.

18 Comments

  1. Uncle Mike says:

    Sure, Burnett can pitch. He just can't pitch IN NEW YORK. Whitsonitis, I believe the ailment is called.

  2. Casey says:

    Thanks for posting our old Burnett piece. I remember that one got a lot of reaction back then. I appreciate it!

    • LLP says:

      Well, I love Bleeding Yankee Blue as I read the blog all the time. It was a post I remembered when I was defending Burnett….he could win the CY Young and all those heckler fans who attend games should thank themselves for mentally crippling the guy.

      • TSzar says:

        "…all those heckler fans who attend games should thank themselves for mentally crippling the guy."

        LMAO

        If any professional athlete is mentally crippled by fans they're not worth a damn. Maybe AJ should've taken some of that $16.5MM he stole from the Steinbrenner family every year and invested in a sports psychologist?

        Million dollar arm and $.10 head on old AJ Burnett.

      • Richard Griffith says:

        Thank you Dr Kate for that insightful diagnosis. However, the patient has recovered after taking in the fumes of Pittsburgh.

  3. Anthony says:

    Why is it the fans fault for not giving this head case a chance??? He had a chance to show what he could do every time he took the mound. He could not pitch in NY because he is nuts…a professional athlete does not blame the fans for his failures, he does what he is paid to do and AJ didn't….Neither did Carl Pavano.

    • Drumdog says:

      I agree, A.J. had more than enough chances to prove he could pitch in New York and he rarely showed the tenacity that was expected of him. More often than not, it was temper tantrums and not being able to handle the pressure. Anyone being paid such a mind-numbing amount to play a game (yes, I realize it's pro sports but it IS a GAME first and foremost) should be able to buckle down and consistently produce decent results. A.J. didn't do that consistently and there's only so many chances in MLB to prove your mettle.

  4. coolnewyorker says:

    Leave it to Kate…and her propensity for seemingly not knowing what everyone knows.

    It's called Yankeephobia., Gotham Cityphobia, Bronxphobia…etc. It's an inexplicable ailment that many HOF quality players suffer from.

    A.J belongs to that "cannot play in the Bronx" group. Notable members: Randy Johnson, Brown, Vasquez, Rogers, Kennedy, etc. And in my book, also Jason Giambi and A-Rod in play-offs.

  5. TSzar says:

    "For all intensive purposes, Yankee fans can blame themselves for not getting the most out of AJ Burnett…"

    Yes, Kate, it's the fans fault AJ couldn't handle pitching in pinstripes, not the man himself…who was only being paid $16.5MM per year to do so.

    What a ridiculous claim…if we'd have only embraced poor AJ he would've awarded us with something more than 3 years of putrid results: 34 – 35 (on teams a collective 104 games ABOVE .500), 4.82 & 1.45.

    Yankees fans expect results and reward those players who deliver with unyielding exhaltation and loyalty. As a life long Yankees loyalist, I wouldn't want it any other way.

    AJ earned all of the derision he received while in pinstripes.

  6. Tanned Tom says:

    JFC, and I thought I'd seen the last of this crazy Burnett thing she has. Please Kate, if you're going to blog, at least try to keep your own crushes out of it, otherwise it's all too high school. As a poster above noted, Burnett was given 3 years and could not cut it. His GM backed him all the way. His manager kept him in the rotation when many wouldn't have. His teammates publicly supported him while he was playing so poorly, and often seeming to show them up. As I recall he was pretty popular with the fans in 2009 when his stats were decent and he did have that 1 shining moment, game 2 of the WS. But the absolute truth is that since game 2 of the 2009 WS, including his start later that series, he was terrible. Of the pitchers who made 60 starts over 2010-2011 his ERA was 2nd worst, ahead of only John Lackey.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      How exactly is that the fans fault, especially considering that half of those starts came away from the hostile quarters of YS? To think that any team that tries to win the WS every year would keep a pitcher like that is simply nonsense. I always felt sorry for Burnett, in a way I never have for A-Fraud, but no clear headed analysis of his stats would lead to any result EXCEPT trading him. And to think that 2/3rds of a good season in Pittsburgh proves anything is wrong. Performing well when no one cares or is watching is not the same thing as doing it in the Bronx. It's like an actor being great in rehearsal then flubbing his lines when the curtain comes up.

  7. Irving1969 says:

    I agree with you Tom! Burnett pitched like he didn't care if he won, or lost. That's why he got booed Kate! C.C Sabathia pitches to win everytime he takes the mound. Burnett was coughing up 2 and 3 run leads with ease, expecting the offense to bail him out most of the time! That's why he got booed Kate! The Yankees signed him to help the team win, not to pitch like he's on a last place team! That's why he got booed Kate! The guy just could not handle the pressure of pitching in NewYork!

  8. Richard Griffith says:

    I decided to wait for the comments to subside. Kate you continually contradicy yourself….

    "Burnett had his ups and downs for sure, but Yankee fans had him pinned on the dartboard from the moment he arrived." Then you quote AJ….

    "The fans supported me before I even threw my first pitch [of the season]. They’re excited I’m here and I’m excited to be here.”

    Even AJ felt the support. AJ was like Vasquez (NL CY runner-up). Big leap from NL to pitching in the AL East.

    I don't think I've ever heard of an athlete blaming fans for their on the field performance. AJ was LAST in virtually every pitching stat ever devised. Yankee fans would boo a Ham sandwich if it stunk, and I don't blame them. A-rod would always turn boos into Yeahs when he hit an A-bomb.

  9. Richard Griffith says:

    "See too many Yankee fans get their panties all ruffled, while sitting on their homemade thrones because of a player’s paycheck. And they are relentless.

    I expect this from a 12 year old.

  10. coolnewyorker says:

    Heck, I am now more ruffled by Kate's misplaced gushing over AJ than her bashing outbursts against Phil Hughes.

  11. coolnewyorker says:

    How is this for Rocket Science? Even when gushing, Kate is insulting.

    Attributing the fans as the cause of Burnett's meltdown in pinstripes is actually an insult to AJ. No self respecting professional athlete would dare put the blame on the fans for his failures. Even A-Rod understands when the bleachers give him the business. AJ knows. AJ understands.

    But not Kate. She simply doesn't.. Clueless Kate. You Kate you konk.